Human Rights

Repeal Fabricated Charges On Thirumurugan Gandhi! Resist Undeclared Emergency

Repeal Fabricated Charges On Thirumurugan Gandhi! Resist Undeclared Emergency

We the following writers, film makers, poets, artists, theatre personalities, musicians, activists, academicians and members of civil society demand that harassment of Thirumurugan Gandhi be stopped immediately. Thirumurugan Gandhi, a prominent rights activist and coordinator of May 17 movement from India has been subjected to harassment and imprisoned by the Tami lNadu police since August 9, 2018, for participating in[Read More…]

October 8, 2018 Human Rights
An Open Letter To Indian Parliamentarians To Get Section 377, IPC Repealed In Toto

An Open Letter To Indian Parliamentarians To Get Section 377, IPC Repealed In Toto

  By now you must have perused the judgement of the Supreme Court of India which has partially struck down Section 377, Indian Penal Code (IPC) which hitherto criminalized any sexual act against the order of nature. The judgement was delivered on September 6, 2018. To recapitulate, the Indian Government had informed the Supreme Court that it leaves it to[Read More…]

October 6, 2018 Human Rights
Australian Complicity: Nauru and Silencing Journalism

Australian Complicity: Nauru and Silencing Journalism

Journalism is getting something of a battering in Australia.  At the parliamentary level, laws have passed that would be inimical to any tradition versed in the bill of rights.  (Australia, not having such a restraining instrument on political zeal, can only rely on the bumbling wisdom of its representatives.) At the executive level, deals have been brokered between Canberra and[Read More…]

October 6, 2018 Human Rights
Under  `House  Arrest’   in  Indian  democracy

Under  `House  Arrest’   in  Indian  democracy

The  term   `house  arrest’  does  not  find  any  mention  in  the CrPC (Criminal  Procedure  Code)   or  the IPC  (Indian  Penal  Code).  But  certain   judges  have  invented  this  term  to  justify  their  decree,  presumably   by  falling  back  upon   an  Article  in  our  Constitution.   Article  142  empowers  the  Supreme  Court  to  “pass   such  decree  or  make  such  order  as  is  necessary  for [Read More…]

October 5, 2018 Human Rights
The mass grave at Mannar

Mass graves in Mannar point to further war crimes in Sri Lanka

Co-Written By Murali Maran and Vimal Rasenthiran Another mass grave has been uncovered in Sri Lanka, near Mannar, a town in the Northern province, where the almost 30-year war against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) resulted in thousands of deaths. According to reports last month, the skeletal remains of 136 individuals were unearthed from a site near[Read More…]

October 4, 2018 Human Rights
 Trial of Killer Chicago Cop Turns into Attempted Second Execution of Laquan MacDonald

 Trial of Killer Chicago Cop Turns into Attempted Second Execution of Laquan MacDonald

 We’ve seen the horror movie over and over—cops murder people in cold blood, and then walk free almost every time. In the very few cases where one is put on trial, the killer cop gets off scot-free, or with a slap on the wrist, by claiming he feared for his own safety. The prosecutors—so skilled at sending Black and Latino[Read More…]

October 3, 2018 Human Rights
Live Encounters! – Glorifying Murder

Live Encounters! – Glorifying Murder

In states like Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand , Odisha or North Eastern  states encounters are common but in Utter Pradesh, the UP government and its police have taken a step further by the ‘ filming’ of encounters live. Few journalists were asked by cops if they are interested in ‘ watching and filming a real encounter’ in Machua village under Harduagunj police[Read More…]

October 3, 2018 Human Rights
Vivek Tiwari's wife Kalpana Tiwari

The Killing of Apple Employee Vivek Tiwari And Lawlessness in UP

In their moment of grief, I wish to express my complete solidarity with family members of Vivek Tiwari. His killing by the trigger happy UP police is a direct outcome of the policy of complete impunity given by the Yogi Adityanath to the police to kill citizens. We can’t even imagine the pain and grief of Vivek’s family. But it[Read More…]

September 30, 2018 Human Rights
Rohingya Massacres: U.S State Department Posts Report As UN Agency Formed To Assist ICC

Rohingya Massacres: U.S State Department Posts Report As UN Agency Formed To Assist ICC

Very quietly, without fanfare, in a story that went by almost unnoticed, the U.S. State Department website posted a report this week on the Rohingya massacres and atrocities.  Based on a survey, for which it contracted a Washington-based law firm (PLPG — Public International Law and Policy Group) to conduct the interviews, the report relied on 15,000 pages of supporting[Read More…]

September 28, 2018 Human Rights
WSS condemns the majority judgment of the Supreme Court regarding the arrests of Activists

WSS condemns the majority judgment of the Supreme Court regarding the arrests of Activists

WSS deeply condemns the majority judgment of the Supreme Court which has dismissed the PIL filed by Romila Thapar, Devaki Jain, Satish Deshpande, Prabhat Patnaik and Maja Daruwalla and has in effect granted the notorious Pune Police impunity to carry on with its fabricated and malafide investigation in the Bhima Koregaon (FIR No. 4/2018) case. The Court in its vague[Read More…]

September 28, 2018 Human Rights
 Ominous and Illegitimate Persecution of 11 Members of Refuse Fascism, LA and the Revolution Club, LA

 Ominous and Illegitimate Persecution of 11 Members of Refuse Fascism, LA and the Revolution Club, LA

In Los Angeles, 11 members of Refuse Fascism and the Revolution Club have been criminally charged for engaging in and/or supporting non-violent civil disobedience and political protests which took place from September 2017 through March 2018. These protests included holding banners across the length of the Los Angeles 101 Freeway, with one stating “Trump/Pence Must Go!” and several protests at[Read More…]

September 28, 2018 Human Rights
Finding Her Voice In a Deaf “Homeland”

Finding Her Voice In a Deaf “Homeland”

Our “liberal” media push back when riled up MAGA heads spit venom laced with ignorance and stupidity. But the same media turn a deaf ear to the many articulate voices for justice and accountability that have been rising from all across this fracked nation, in their respective communities. And while the media spends its umpteenth week covering, non-stop, what the[Read More…]

September 28, 2018 Human Rights
Starvation and Malnutrition in Jharkhand

Starvation and Malnutrition in Jharkhand

Exactly a year ago, 11-year-old Santoshi Kumari of Simdega died of starvation while asking her mother for rice. Her family’s ration card was cancelled for not being linked to Aadhaar. In the last one year, at least 15 people have died due to hunger. Of these, 6 were Adivasis, 4 Dalits, and 5 of backward castes. All these deaths happened[Read More…]

September 28, 2018 Human Rights
Thirumurugan Gandhi Subjected To Inhuman Treatment In Prison

Thirumurugan Gandhi Subjected To Inhuman Treatment In Prison

The health of Thirumurugan Gandhi, Coordinator of May17 Movement, has deteriorated in prison and the prison authorities are not giving him due treatment, said the May17 Movement in a statement. He has been kept in solitary confinement for the past 45 days in Vellore prison. He is not allowed to step out of his cell, meet others or talk with[Read More…]

September 25, 2018 Human Rights
Plight Of Tamil Civilians Living Under Occupation

Plight Of Tamil Civilians Living Under Occupation

Contrary to promises made in Geneva that in the name of peace and reconciliation the Sri Lanka government would dismantle High Security Zones, close army cantonments and return lands seized from the people, the Northern and the Eastern Provinces, considered the Tamil homeland, continue to be occupied zones even nine + years after the end of the war. There are[Read More…]

September 24, 2018 Human Rights
Condemning the Abduction and Killings of Police Personnel in Shopian, Kashmir

Condemning the Abduction and Killings of Police Personnel in Shopian, Kashmir

PUDR strongly condemns the abduction and slaying of one constable and two Special Police Officers (SPOs) by unidentified militants in the Shopian district of Kashmir.The deceased identified as Nisar Ahmad Dhobi (aged 38), Firdous Ahmad Kuchey (aged 28) and Kulwant Singh (aged 35), were picked up from their homes in Batgund and Kapren villages on the morning of 21 September,[Read More…]

September 24, 2018 Human Rights
Ahmed, a Rohingya refugee man cries as he holds his 40-day-old son, who died as a boat capsized in the shore of Shah Porir Dwip while crossing ...

Will There Ever Be Justice For Rohingya Muslims?

There is an image engraved in our minds of a stoic, reserved, elegant Aung San Suu Kyi unbending in her struggle against Burma’s generals for democracy, and we assumed for human rights.  Last year, when the refugees streamed out of her country in the wake of atrocities, it blocked all UN agencies from delivering food, water and medicine to affected[Read More…]

September 23, 2018 Human Rights
The NRC Fallout – An exercise of complexities and exclusion

The NRC Fallout – An exercise of complexities and exclusion

The world is awash with thousands of anecdotes about large-scale migration of people to places away from their homelands. Compelled by reasons to escape persecution, evade conflicts, economic and nature-driven pressures, et al. Ideally to make a living, which erupts from a longing for infrastructure, homogenous and pervasive, quintessential for survival. However, a deliberate reducing of millions to the position[Read More…]

September 23, 2018 Human Rights
Just A Google Search – 56 Hunger Deaths in 2015-18

Just A Google Search – 56 Hunger Deaths in 2015-18

News reports of “starvation deaths” have been coming in a steady trickle over the past few years. One particularly tragic episode was that of eleven-year old Santoshi Kumari in Jharkhand. She died one year ago, on 28 September, begging her mother for rice as she slipped into unconsciousness. It was later learnt that her family had lost their ration card[Read More…]

September 21, 2018 Human Rights
Carnatic Musician T M Krishna And Others Harangued For Singing Non Hindu Songs

Carnatic Musician T M Krishna And Others Harangued For Singing Non Hindu Songs

In a shocking development affecting the acclaimed musicians of the carnatic tradition, it has come to light that artistes like T M Krishna, O S Arun and Nithyasree Mahadevan have been harangued by some fringe groups in India and the US for performing songs on Christian or supposedly non-Hindu themes. It has been reported that many musicians have received threats[Read More…]

September 20, 2018 Human Rights
The Pathology of Mass Surveillance: The UK, Bulk Interception and the European Court of Human Rights

The Pathology of Mass Surveillance: The UK, Bulk Interception and the European Court of Human Rights

It’s fitting that the same society that produced George Orwell with his warnings of a totalitarian dystopia stacked with all-prying monitors, surveillance and paranoia should yield up some of the most invasive surveillance regimes imaginable.  While some states have found the revelations from Edward Snowden the sort that should initiate, at the very least, modest changes, the United Kingdom preferred[Read More…]

September 20, 2018 Human Rights
Murder of Dalit RTI Activist – Kedar Singh Jindan

Murder of Dalit RTI Activist – Kedar Singh Jindan

When marginalised and dalit sections of society are being hounded from almost every quarter, the brutal murder of a dalit RTI activist comes as another shock and ghastly incident. Kedar Singh Jindan was allegedly murdered on Friday, 7 September while he was on his way back home. The RTI activist was first attacked and run over by a Scorpio, the[Read More…]

September 20, 2018 Human Rights
Trial of Cop Who Killed Laquan McDonald Begins with Only ONE Black Person on Jury

Trial of Cop Who Killed Laquan McDonald Begins with Only ONE Black Person on Jury

   It was almost four years ago that Chicago cop Jason Van Dyke fired his gun and struck 17-year-old Laquan McDonald as he was walking away from Van Dyke and other cops, with his arms at his side. Laquan was spun around by the impact of the bullet and fell to the ground, motionless. But the killer pig did not[Read More…]

September 18, 2018 Human Rights
If Maoist Violence Is Illegitimate How Is Hindutva Violence And State Violence Justified?

If Maoist Violence Is Illegitimate How Is Hindutva Violence And State Violence Justified?

Co-Written By Swami Agnivesh and Sandeep Pandey There was major police action against Sudha Bhardwaj, Gautam Navlakha, Varvara Rao, Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira on 28 August, 2018. Before this police arrested Professor Shoma Sen, Adocate Sudhir Gadling, Sudhir Dhawle, Mahesh Raut and Rona Wilson on 6 June. Even before this Dr. Binayak Sen, Soni Sori, Ajay T.G., Professor G.N.[Read More…]

September 18, 2018 Human Rights
McCarthys of Contemporary India

McCarthys of Contemporary India

If the United States is given a chance to erase some past events from everyone’s mind, it would be the three decades from 1950s to 1970s, particularly Vietnam War, communist witch-hunt and other cold war ‘games’. The ‘Red Scare’ during the Cold War, fueled with exaggerated anti-communist campaign, ensued what was come to known as ‘McCarthyism’. Hundreds of civilians were[Read More…]

September 18, 2018 Human Rights
Convicted lynchers can get bail, why not under trials ?

Convicted lynchers can get bail, why not under trials ?

One of the famous political philosophers, Montesquieu, in his 18th century book “The Spirit of the Laws” wrote  that “There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice.” The quote holds true especially in the context of 21st century India. Recently, Jharkhand was in news for all[Read More…]

September 18, 2018 Human Rights
Beating of civilians by Maoists in Phulpad

Beating of civilians by Maoists in Phulpad

News of villagers in Phulpad village of Dantewada district being beaten by Maoists emerged a few days ago in the local media. We went to Phulpad on 15 September to ascertain the facts. Soon after we reached, the villagers assembled outside the local school and spoke to us about the incident. Most of them were very poor people who subsist[Read More…]

September 17, 2018 Human Rights
Egyptian Junta continues mass executions spree

Egyptian Junta continues mass executions spree

The US-client regime of Field Marshal Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi continues mass executions spree as an Egyptian kangaroo court sentences another 75 anti-government people to death. According to Reuters report, an Egyptian kangaroo court sentenced 75 people to death on Saturday (Sept 8) including prominent opposition leaders Essam al-Erian and Mohamed Beltagi over a 2013 sit-in which ended with killing hundreds[Read More…]

September 16, 2018 Human Rights
Partial implementation of the PwD act at AMU

Partial implementation of the PwD act at AMU

Disables in India are extremely vulnerable section of society. They were and still treated as outcast. Post independence several marginalised sections got their share through constitutional provision of ‘positive discrimination’i.e. reservation. Seats for SCc/STs are reserved in legislative bodies, educational institutions, in executives and in other fields same is the case with OBCc. However things are not satisfactory still these[Read More…]

September 16, 2018 Human Rights
From Gramsci to Madani

From Gramsci to Madani

On the evening of 08 November 1926 Antonio Gramsci was arrested in Rome and in accordance with a series of “Exceptional Laws” enacted by the fascist-dominated Italian legislature, committed to solitary confinement at the Regina Coeli prison. This began a ten-year odyssey, marked by almost constant physical and psychic pain as a result of a prison experience that culminated, on[Read More…]

September 16, 2018 Human Rights
Members of the European Parliament Demand The Release of Arrested Activists in India

Members of the European Parliament Demand The Release of Arrested Activists in India

  Ms Federica MOGHERINI, High Representative of the European Union for Foreing Affairs and Security Policy We, the undersigned Members of the European Parliament, condemn the raids on homes and arbitrary arrest of human and democratic rights activists across India, on August 28, 2018. Amongst the people raided are Anand Teltumbde, Stan Swamy, Kranti Teluka and Prof K Satyanarayana. But[Read More…]

September 15, 2018 Human Rights
Chandrasekhar Azad Ravan Gets Freedom

Chandrasekhar Azad Ravan Gets Freedom

Chandrasekhar, also known as Ravan,30 was arrested in June 2017 in connection with the May 5 clashes in which one person was killed and 16 others were injured at Shabbirpur village in Saharanpur,Uttar Pradesh. The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has decided to revoke the dreaded National Security Act filed against Chandrasekhar Azad ,the young and dynamic leader of[Read More…]

September 14, 2018 Human Rights
Australia was founded on a hypocrisy that haunts us to this day

Australia was founded on a hypocrisy that haunts us to this day

US slave owners wrote and spoke about liberty, equality and the pursuit of happiness. Similar hypocrisy, buried in the foundations of settler Australia, has escaped comparable scrutiny. The nature of the early settlements is so well known that it is frequently taken for granted. But for the first 50 years New South Wales and Van Diemen’s Land were, above all[Read More…]

September 13, 2018 Human Rights
REPEAL UAPA!  Uphold the Right to Dissent!

REPEAL UAPA!  Uphold the Right to Dissent!

We are going through one of the most repressive times in post-Independent India where the fundamental rights of expression and the right to form any organization or association that can question government policies or fight for rights of the people have been criminalized.  The government, armed with acts like Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), is coming down heavily on all those standing up for the rights of[Read More…]

September 13, 2018 Human Rights
The Little Acknowledged Legacy of Steve Biko

The Little Acknowledged Legacy of Steve Biko

This opinion Piece was widely circulated through the Independent Newspapers Group and was published in the Daily News (08 Sept 2008), Cape Argus (11 Sept. 2008) and in other newspapers belonging to the group. It has since been republished over the past decade by universities, NGOs and in international media. The repeated requests to have it republished is based on[Read More…]

September 8, 2018 Human Rights
Refugee Enigma: Exploring Solution under Municipal Jurisdictions

Refugee Enigma: Exploring Solution under Municipal Jurisdictions

            A large number of countries undertakes the general obligation to protect political refugees. However, the responsibility to safeguard humanitarian refugees is still moral and humanitarian for a large number of countries.  In some cases, the principle of asylum for refugees is expressly acknowledged in the national constitution. In others, ratification of the 1951 UN Convention relating to the Status[Read More…]

September 8, 2018 Human Rights
IIM Bangalore Students And Faculty Condemn The Arrest of Activists

IIM Bangalore Students And Faculty Condemn The Arrest of Activists

We, the undersigned faculty, staff, and students of the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) community, are issuing this statement in response to the arrests of, and raids on, human rights activists and academics, in the last week of August 2018. We believe that democracy thrives when dissent is allowed, and not in an environment of fear and persecution and[Read More…]

September 8, 2018 Human Rights
Human rights’ activists on trial

Human rights’ activists on trial

The supreme court has extended the house arrest of five human rights activists who were arrested last week. However, when the case comes before it on 12th September, it would be a enormous service to nation if it could reflect on the larger picture of the country in which human rights activists are branded, framed, arrested and sent to jail[Read More…]

September 7, 2018 Human Rights
The Murderer of Laquan McDonald Must Not Walk Free!  

The Murderer of Laquan McDonald Must Not Walk Free!  

  Seconds after exiting his patrol car, Jason Van Dyke pumped 16 shots into 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, murdering him in cold blood. For over a year, the authorities lied and covered up the video. When it was finally released, millions of people around the world learned the truth: Laquan McDonald was gunned down as he walked away from the police.[Read More…]

September 6, 2018 Human Rights
A Student Arrested For Shouting The Slogan “fascist BJP government down, down”

A Student Arrested For Shouting The Slogan “fascist BJP government down, down”

Tamil Nadu government which killed 13 people in Tutucorin, protesting against Sterlite Copper smelting factory owned by Vedanta Limited, a subsidiary of Vedanta Resource is turning even more repressive. In the latest episode Lois Sofia, 28 year old student studying in Canada, was arrested for shouting a slogan “fascist BJP government down, down” on board a flight in the presence[Read More…]

September 5, 2018 Human Rights
Statement demanding immediate release of writers, activists and human rights defenders

Statement demanding immediate release of writers, activists and human rights defenders

We, a group of alumni of IIT Kanpur and others as students, researchers, faculty, staff and other community members affiliated with the same institute strongly condemn the arrest of IIT Kanpur alumna Sudha Bharadwaj (Integrated MSc., Mathematics, 1979-1984) and other activists namely, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Gautam Navlakha and Varavara Rao, and the raiding of houses of Anand Teltumbde, K.[Read More…]

September 5, 2018 Human Rights
Sedition Law And Human Rights

Sedition Law And Human Rights

There is no doubt that the founding philosophy of administration in India is based upon the pre-independence British rule, and Our Indian constitution does hold true many laws that then existed. However, the British Law In India and the Indian Constitution are widely divergent in letter and in spirit. The Government of India Act, and subsequent acts were to legacy of the[Read More…]

September 5, 2018 Human Rights
Twist in the Tale: Maharashtra Police Press Conference on August 31 on Nationwide Raids and Arrests 

Twist in the Tale: Maharashtra Police Press Conference on August 31 on Nationwide Raids and Arrests 

  The Press Conference Parambir Singh, ADG (Maharastra Police), flanked by his two deputies – Shivaji Bodkhe, JCP, Pune and the investigating officer, Shivaji Pawar, ACP, in a press conference in Mumbai, inaugurated a distinctly new storyline, incorporating and retaining only fragments of the earlier official versions, on the nationwide raids and arrests carried out on August 28. (Ref.: <https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=share&v=PCVKfstx2Qc&app=desktop#dialog>,[Read More…]

September 4, 2018 Human Rights
“Case against me is nothing but an absolute fabrication” – Stan Swamy 

“Case against me is nothing but an absolute fabrication” – Stan Swamy 

 Maharashtra police held a press conference in Mumbai on August 31, 2018. Additional Director-General (law and order) of Maharashtra police Mr. Parambir Singh told the media that in relation to the incident of Bhima-Koregaon, initially a FIR was lodged on January 8, 2018. According to him the name of Stan Swamy was added in the aforesaid FIR on August 23[Read More…]

September 4, 2018 Human Rights
Condemn Arrests of Democratic Rights Activists

Condemn Arrests of Democratic Rights Activists

CDRO condemns the raid and arrests of democratic rights activists in Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Ranchi and Goa by Maharashtra police on 28th of August under the pretext of investigation in connection with the Bhima Koregaon case. Following the arrests of five academics, lawyers and activists in June, the second wave of arrests have expanded to include writers and journalists as[Read More…]

September 4, 2018 Human Rights
Internet Surveillance

Internet Surveillance

“Learn about the dangers of the Internet before you start using it!” “Anyone who thinks their computer or smartphone is not installed with government software is a child. We are all on the grid and we are all traceable to someone.” These are only two comments from many on an Associated Press report headlined “Lawsuit lays bare Israel-made hack tools[Read More…]

September 3, 2018 Human Rights
Shahidul Alam Possibly Deserves a Nobel Prize! 

Shahidul Alam Possibly Deserves a Nobel Prize! 

Since his recent Gestapo-style abduction, rather than arrest, Shahidul Alam of Bangladesh is no longer a stranger to people, well-beyond the boundaries of his country. Twenty-odd Bangladeshi law-enforcers – all in plainclothes – stormed into his house, destroyed the cc cameras on the premises, neutralized the security guards, and picked him up around midnight on August 5th. By now twelve[Read More…]

September 3, 2018 Human Rights
Rally against the arrests of activists held in Vancouver

Rally against the arrests of activists held in Vancouver

The members of Indians Abroad for Pluralist India (IAPI) held a rally against the recent arrests of five political activists in India. The Friday rally organized at Holland Park in Surrey was attended by the representatives of various progressive groups. The speakers unanimously condemned the the arrests of revolutionary poet Varavara Rao, Human Rights lawyer Sudha Bhardawaj, besides authors and[Read More…]

September 2, 2018 Human Rights
Lies Spread Against Dr Anand Teltumbde

Lies Spread Against Dr Anand Teltumbde

A friend whatsapped me a clip of a news item published in The Hindu of today instant under the heading “Activist held meets abroad: police” in which in reference to me the following lines are written

September 1, 2018 Human Rights
Suicide rate said to spike among Ahwazis

Suicide rate said to spike among Ahwazis

 Ahwazi rights groups worried about the suicide trend; highest rate was among Ahwazis aged 18-25. Several workers at a sugar processing plant in the Haft Tepe district, located about 15 km south-east of Susa city in the northern Ahwaz region, have attempted to commit suicide by dousing themselves with Benzene and setting themselves on fire. Their colleagues intervened, rescuing them[Read More…]

September 1, 2018 Human Rights
The Legalities of the Police Firing on the Civilians

The Legalities of the Police Firing on the Civilians

“An unarmed, peaceful protest procession in the land of `salt satyagraha’, fast-unto- death and `do or die’ is no jural anathema” –Krishna Iyer A valuable aspect of political life in India is a tradition to express grievances through direct action or peaceful protest and a distinguishing feature of any democracy is the space offered for legitimate dissent. One cherished Organized,[Read More…]

September 1, 2018 Human Rights
Reminiscing ABVA’s Struggle for Gay Rights in the Twentieth Century – A Brief History of That Time

Reminiscing ABVA’s Struggle for Gay Rights in the Twentieth Century – A Brief History of That Time

ABVA organizes the first ever gay rights protest in India at Police Head Quarters, New Delhi; 11 August, 1992 As the Supreme Court of India is on the verge of decriminalizing adult consensual homosexual sex in India an attempt to capture ABVA’s struggle for gay rights in India in the twentieth century is in order. The struggle was unique as[Read More…]

September 1, 2018 Human Rights
India: Drop the charges against human rights defenders

India: Drop the charges against human rights defenders

I am writing to voice my deep concern about the the arrests of Sudha Bharadwaj, Gautam Navlakha, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira and Varavaa Rao, as I strongly believe that they are directly linked to their peaceful and legitimate work in defence of human rights.

September 1, 2018 Human Rights
Democracy Under Siege !

Democracy Under Siege !

A Statement Issued by New Socialist Initiative (NSI) on the recent arrests of human rights defenders and public intellectuals With Ground Slipping Fast Beneath Its Feet, BJP government Resorting to Draconian Measures ! 1. New Socialist Initiative strongly condemns the arbitrary and malicious manner in which the Pune Police, at the behest of its saffron masters, raided the houses of[Read More…]

September 1, 2018 Human Rights
Open  letter  to  Pune  Police  Commissioner

Open  letter  to  Pune  Police  Commissioner

Dear  Shri  K.  Venkateshan I  feel  terribly  sorry  about  your  future  career.  You  missed  a  chance  of  winning  a  police  medal  –  or  even  a  Padmashri.  Even  though  you  got  custody  of   the  five  rights  activists  (Varvara  Rao   Gautam  Navlakha,  Sudha Bharadwaj,  Vernon  Gonzalves  and  Arun  Ferreira) –  you  failed  to  bump  them  off  in  a  false  `encounter’,  the  oft-repeated [Read More…]

September 1, 2018 Human Rights
A young survivor of August 9 Saudi-led attack on his school bus, with fragment of U.S. made missile - Photo/Ahmad Algohbarya

 Catholic Support for War- Another Child Abuse Scandal

On August 14, a report from a grand jury investigation in Pennsylvania identified 300 Catholic priests across the state who had sexually abused more than 1,000 children. “Priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they hid it all. For decades,” the grand jury wrote in one[Read More…]

August 31, 2018 Human Rights
Bangladesh Must Release Political Prisoner & Eminent Photojournalist Dr Shahidul Alam From Prison

Bangladesh Must Release Political Prisoner & Eminent Photojournalist Dr Shahidul Alam From Prison

  Internationally-renowned  Bangladeshi scholar, activist  and photojournalist Dr Shahidul Alam has been badly beaten and imprisoned as a result of giving an Al Jazeera interview and posting videos in relation to Bangladeshi student  road safety protests and the violent Bangladeshi  Government response. This gross human rights violation has prompted international demands from media and humanitarian organizations, notably Amnesty International, for[Read More…]

August 31, 2018 Human Rights
Arrest of Activists: Time To Ask Some Serious Questions

Arrest of Activists: Time To Ask Some Serious Questions

A few serious questions have been raised about the arrest of activists. People are talking about their caste and connections and suggesting that ‘India’ is ‘waking’ up because of their castes, as most of them are savarnas or brahmins but I think it is a generalisation without understanding the realities. Yes, a number of them may be well connected with[Read More…]

August 31, 2018 Human Rights
All arrested human rights defenders must be immediately released, and all false cases dropped

All arrested human rights defenders must be immediately released, and all false cases dropped

Since early morning 28th August, homes of 10 well-known public activists in Mumbai, Ranchi, Hyderabad, Delhi, Faridabad and Goa were raided by Maharashtra Police, and 5 have been arrested. With the intervention of the Delhi HC and SC on 29th Aug stalling their transit remand, there are presently under house arrest. The arrested include Human Rights activist Gautam Navlakha and[Read More…]

August 31, 2018 Human Rights
“Desist from Malicious Media Trials”: NWMI

“Desist from Malicious Media Trials”: NWMI

The Network of Women in Media, India (NWMI), a forum for media professionals from across the country, is deeply dismayed at the unprofessional, biased and non-factual reporting on the case of the recent arrests of human rights activists from several Indian cities. On the morning of August 28, 2018, a team of the Pune Police arrested advocate and law teacher[Read More…]

August 31, 2018 Human Rights
Joint Statement of Rights Groups on the Arrest of Public Intellectuals

Joint Statement of Rights Groups on the Arrest of Public Intellectuals

  On 28th August 2018, simultaneous raids were conducted by Police on the premises of prominent human rights and civil liberties activists and public intellectuals – Advocate Sudha Bharadwaj (National Secretary, PUCL) in Faridabad, Father Stan Swamy in Jharkhand, Senior Writer and Poet VaravaraRao, his two daughters – Anala and Pavana, ‘The Hindu’ journalist KV Kumaranath, English and Foreign Languages[Read More…]

August 31, 2018 Human Rights
Arrest and Prosecute Sambhaji Bhide and Release Intellectuals/Activists

Arrest and Prosecute Sambhaji Bhide and Release Intellectuals/Activists

The action of Pune police arresting a number of progressive intellectuals and human rights activists in various parts of the country is highly condemnable. The world knows that the violence perpetrated on thousands of Dalit men and women on 1st Jan. 2018 in Bhima-Koregaon, Maharashtra, was planned and wickedly executed by certain ‘Hindutvwadi’ persons. One of them Milind Ekbote was arrested[Read More…]

August 31, 2018 Human Rights
# MeTooUrbanNaxal: Arundhati Roy

# MeTooUrbanNaxal: Arundhati Roy

This morning’s papers (August 30 2018) settle something that we have been debating for a while. A front-page report in the Indian Express says “Police to Court: Those held part of anti-fascist plot to overthrow govt.” We should know by now that we are up against a regime that its own police call fascist.In the India of today, to belong[Read More…]

August 31, 2018 Human Rights
Joint Statement Against Continuing Arrests of Rights Activists

Joint Statement Against Continuing Arrests of Rights Activists

We, the undersigned, strongly oppose and condemn the illegal raids carried out in different cities, and arrests of Gautam Navlakha, Sudha Bharadwaj, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves and Varavara Rao by the Maharashtra Police on 28 th August 2018. These are only the most recent arrests in a continuing wave of repression spearheaded by the police at the behest of their[Read More…]

August 31, 2018 Human Rights
People’s Alliance for Democracy and Secularism Condemns The Arrest of Public Intellectuals

People’s Alliance for Democracy and Secularism Condemns The Arrest of Public Intellectuals

Statement by People’s Alliance for Democracy and Secularism (PADS) against arrest of five Intellectuals and Human rights Activists on 28 August, 2018 Pune police under BJP government in Maharashtra arrested five well known left leaning intellectuals and activists under UAPA on 28th August. Eighty years old Varvara Rao is a famousTelegu poet.Sudha Bhardwaj is general secretary of People’s Union for[Read More…]

August 31, 2018 Human Rights
Jharkhand’s civil society condemns recent raids on Stan Swamy and other human rights activists

Jharkhand’s civil society condemns recent raids on Stan Swamy and other human rights activists

We, the undersigned, are shocked by the serial raids across the country on the homes of activists and public intellectuals who are critical of the government and the ruling party at the Centre. The arrests of prominent activists and intellectuals Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves, Gautam Navlakha, Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira and others are nothing but an attempt by the government[Read More…]

August 31, 2018 Human Rights
UN condemns Burma’s persecution of Rohingya minority

UN condemns Burma’s persecution of Rohingya minority

A UN fact-finding panel issued a report on Monday calling for the prosecution of six senior Burmese generals on charges of genocide over their role in the state persecution of the country’s Rohingya Muslim ethnic minority. The document is the sharpest rebuke by the international body against the Burmese regime, since it launched wholesale ethnic cleansing last year. The findings[Read More…]

August 30, 2018 Human Rights
Why should our children die because of tests on the medicines of an American company?

Why should our children die because of tests on the medicines of an American company?

Why should our children die because of tests on the medicines of an American company? Why don’t our Babus bother about ethics and norms in permitting them to conduct such fatal tests, and thus allow US pharma companies to earn millions? It is so strange that none bothers even to compensate the death of children.   Doesn’t it amount to[Read More…]

August 30, 2018 Human Rights
Swami Agnivesh: Social Reformer Under attack

Swami Agnivesh: Social Reformer Under attack

On 17th August (2018), during the funeral procession of the former Prime Minster of India, Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Swami Agnivesh was assaulted outside the BJP head office, when Swami was trying to participate in the procession. The assaulters, the some members of the crowd, began to heckle him and then they physically attacked him. They were raising the slogans, Bharat[Read More…]

August 30, 2018 Human Rights
PUCL Condemns the arrest of public intellectuals

PUCL Condemns the arrest of public intellectuals

PUCL STRONGLY Condemns and denounces THE ARRESTs under the draconian UAPA OF – Sudha Bharadwaj, PUCL National Secretary Gautam Navalakha of PUDR, Prof. Anand Teltumbde of CPDR, Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira, advocates, and Vara Vara Rao, noted poet and rights activist. PUCL also denounces the simultaneous multi-city raids conducted today, 28th August 2018 in a concerted and pre-meditated manner[Read More…]

August 30, 2018 Human Rights
Dr Anand Teltumbde’s Statement on the Police Acton against him on 28 August 2018

Dr Anand Teltumbde’s Statement on the Police Acton against him on 28 August 2018

I had just woken up somewhat late, tired of late night arrival of the flight. Just saw missed calls from Prof Ajit Parulekar, who is a colleague and director of Goa Institute of Management where I work a Senior Professor and Chair, Big Data Analytics. He shocked me by informing that the Pune Police accompanied by Goa Police entered the[Read More…]

August 30, 2018 Human Rights
IAPI condemns the arrests of five political activists in India

IAPI condemns the arrests of five political activists in India

The members of Indians Abroad for Pluralist India have unanimously condemned the arrests of five political activists in India. In all, ten resolutions were passed at the emergency meeting of the IAPI in Delta on Tuesday evening, August 28. One of the resolutions condemned the arrests of political activists and raids on the houses of others across India. Those arrested[Read More…]

August 30, 2018 Human Rights
Joint Statement condemning arrest of activists and public intellectuals

Joint Statement condemning arrest of activists and public intellectuals

We, the undersigned, are shocked by the serial raids across the country on the homes of activists and public intellectuals who are critical of the government and the ruling party at the Centre. The arrests of prominent activists and intellectuals Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves, Gautam Navlakha, Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Kranthi Tekula and others, are nothing but an attempt by[Read More…]

August 30, 2018 Human Rights
Mass Graves – Disappearances – OMP – PTA  –   Justice to Tamils Victims ? 

Mass Graves – Disappearances – OMP – PTA  –   Justice to Tamils Victims ? 

The culture of impunity to the security forces under the DRACONIAN PREVENTION TERRORISM ACT [PTA] and their licence to kill especially the Tamils caused several disappearances and extrajudicial killings in Sri Lanka. It is to be noted that the Mass Graves, Disappearances and the Prevention of Terrorism Act [PTA] are all inter-connected. The Office of the Missing Persons is toothless[Read More…]

August 26, 2018 Human Rights
UAPA on Thirumurugan Gandhi for expressing solidarity to Palestinian Struggle

UAPA on Thirumurugan Gandhi for expressing solidarity to Palestinian Struggle

Thirumurugan Gandhi, civil rights activist and coordinator of May 17 Movement has been booked under the draconian Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) act for expressing his solidarity to the Palestinian struggle in a public meeting, in 2017. Thirumurugan Gandhi is in jail for the past 14 days. He was detained in the Bangalore international airport on his return from Geneva[Read More…]

August 24, 2018 Human Rights
Trump’s Nazi Assaults on Immigrants Aren’t a Repudiation of America’s History and Values—They’re a Concentration of Them!

Trump’s Nazi Assaults on Immigrants Aren’t a Repudiation of America’s History and Values—They’re a Concentration of Them!

Trump and his cohorts are justifying their war on immigrants by viciously demonizing them as “rapists” and “vermin” from “shithole countries” who are “infesting” America. This is the same language Adolf Hitler used to target and dehumanize Jews, Roma people (gypsies), and others in Nazi Germany. Laura Ingraham of Fox News recently chimed in to the fascist chorus, expressing her[Read More…]

August 21, 2018 Human Rights
The Search for “Original Inhabitants” in Assam and the future of the “Other”

The Search for “Original Inhabitants” in Assam and the future of the “Other”

The final draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam has rejected the claim of citizenship of about 4.07 million persons. The administrative head of NRC in Assam has said that the four million rejected persons would get another chance to reapply with additional documents and their cases would be reassessed. The Supreme Court has also said that the[Read More…]

August 21, 2018 Human Rights
Why I do not want to appear on Republic TV – Sudha Bharadwaj

Why I do not want to appear on Republic TV – Sudha Bharadwaj

I have received through my counsel a reply from Phoenix Legal on behalf of Republic TV dated 7th August to my Legal Notice dated 16th July 2018. Both my Notice and the Reply thereto have been annexed here. First of all this reply claims that in my notice I “have reflected wanton prejudice against Mr Goswami with the intention to[Read More…]

August 21, 2018 Human Rights
Dr. Kafeel Khan and UP government apathy towards children

Dr. Kafeel Khan and UP government apathy towards children

While speaking on Independence day, the PM announced launching of the world’s largest  Healthcare scheme  ( Ayushman Bharat Yojana) , little was mentioned about the pathetic medical facilities in hospitals in the country. Gorakhpur incidents are still fresh in peoples’ memories. BRD Hospital and Khan When children were dying of encephalitis, the doctor in charge of the ward tried his[Read More…]

August 18, 2018 Human Rights
Release Bhim Army leader Chandrashekhar Azad and Associates from jail immediately!

Release Bhim Army leader Chandrashekhar Azad and Associates from jail immediately!

We the following Dalit and democratic rights organisations/groups in the UK condemn the continued unjust imprisonment of Dalit activists and Bhim Army leader Chandrashekhar Azad ‘Ravan’ by the Uttar Pradesh (UP) government in India. On 5th May 2017 in Saharanpur, UP, 50 houses of Dalits were set on fire and destroyed, Dalit men were beaten up and their women molested.[Read More…]

August 18, 2018 Human Rights
Immediate and independent probe of the alleged encounter killing of 15 ‘Naxals’ in Sukma

Immediate and independent probe of the alleged encounter killing of 15 ‘Naxals’ in Sukma

The morning of August 6th 2018, preliminary news reports indicated that 15 ‘Naxals’ had been gunned down by the Chhattisgarh police in Sukma district. This encounter, the reports claimed, also included injuries to two others, a man and a woman, who were then arrested. This encounter happened near Nalkatong village in the Mika Tong forests near Gollapalli and Konta Block[Read More…]

August 18, 2018 Human Rights
NRC and the Rationale of ‘Final Solution’

NRC and the Rationale of ‘Final Solution’

Recently, I came across two films dominated by a theme of an apocalyptic future, one of them was Avengers Infinity War and the other one was Mission: Impossible-Fallout. What makes them important for me is the political philosophy of the antagonists behind their zeal for a balance in the cosmos. The rationale behind their reasoning’s were crudely utilitarian at its[Read More…]

August 17, 2018 Human Rights
Vilification Campaign Against Dr Sanal Mohan of Mahatma Gandhi University

Vilification Campaign Against Dr Sanal Mohan of Mahatma Gandhi University

Born in a Dalit family in Parakkappara, one of the remotest migrant-settler villages in the northern district of Kannur Kerala, Sanal Mohan has his early schooling, undergraduate education and research studies in various institutions in the state of Kerala. Mohan joined Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam in 1993 as a Lecturer in Ethnography, and has completed 25 years of service to[Read More…]

August 17, 2018 Human Rights
The Arrest and Detention of Thirumurugan Gandhi is Illegal

The Arrest and Detention of Thirumurugan Gandhi is Illegal

Tamil Nadu is the latest lab for fascist experimentation. Voices of civil rights activists and movements are stifled in every possible way. Arrests of activists have become an everyday affair. While permission to conduct a public meeting or protest is denied to movements, the sangh organizations are given a free hand.With its firm clutches on the state government, the ruling[Read More…]

August 14, 2018 Human Rights
 Four Years After Pigs Murdered Mike Brown Will Electing Black Officials Stop Police Murder and Terror?

 Four Years After Pigs Murdered Mike Brown Will Electing Black Officials Stop Police Murder and Terror?

  Can electing Black district attorneys stop police murder and terror? That’s what the system’s media is telling us. On Tuesday, August 7, Wesley Bell, a young Black city councilman, defeated longtime St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch in the Democratic Party primary. Bell will now run, unopposed, for district attorney in the general election. McCulloch is white and had[Read More…]

August 14, 2018 Human Rights
A Reply to Dr. Hiren Gohain

A Reply to Dr. Hiren Gohain

Co-Written by Suraj Gogoi and Parag Jyoti Saikia It is rather unfortunate that we have to share these questions and concerns with you, because you have been an epitome of courage and one who held human dignity above all. Marginalised people of Assam and in civil society respects you for those solidarities that emanated from your pen when they needed[Read More…]

August 11, 2018 Human Rights
Release Shahidul Alam immediately from arbitrary detention

Release Shahidul Alam immediately from arbitrary detention

According to the information received, on August 5, 2018 at around 10.30 pm, Mr. Shahidul Alam was forcibly taken from his house in Dhanmondi, Dhaka, by a group of men in plain clothes, who identified themselves as officers of the Detective Branch (DB) of the Police. Mr. Shahidul Alam’s house was searched and all the CCTV cameras were destroyed.

August 9, 2018 Human Rights
Thirumurugan Gandhi Arrested At Bangalore Airport

Thirumurugan Gandhi Arrested At Bangalore Airport

Human rights defender and leader of May17 Movement, Thirumurugan Gandhi has been arrested at the Bangalore airport early morning today. Thirumurugan Gandhi was travelling back from a recent visit to Europe, where he addressed the UNHRC meeting in Geneva where he spoke about the recent protest against the sterlite plant in Tuticorin in which 13 people lost their lives in[Read More…]

August 9, 2018 Human Rights
Nagaon: People check their names on the final draft of the state's National Register of Citizens after it was released, at a NRC Seva Kendra in Nagaon on Monday, July 30, 2018. (PTI Photo)   (PTI7_30_2018_000108B)

Assam’s National Register of Citizens: A Fact Based Analysis

The draft has some flaws, but talk of bloodbath, deportation does not measure up to the facts of the exercise. The final draft of the National Register of Citizens for Assam, published on July 30, is a good document with some shortcomings. But the real problem is the fear-mongering by many Indian media outlets outside the North East. Some TV channels have[Read More…]

August 6, 2018 Human Rights
Muzafarpur Shame Exposes Governments dependence on NGOs for Welfare Responsibilities

Muzafarpur Shame Exposes Governments dependence on NGOs for Welfare Responsibilities

The horrifying news from a state sponsored shelter home at Muzafarpur town in Bihar has lowered the national esteem beyond imagination. All over the country there has been shock and dismay at this shameful news. No one believed that even such kind of ghastly act can take place in a state run shelter home. Now, when the heat and dust[Read More…]

August 6, 2018 Human Rights
Ugly American Anti-Immigrant Offensive Continues to Ramp Up

Ugly American Anti-Immigrant Offensive Continues to Ramp Up

   Immigrant prisoners forced to choose between separation from kids or indefinite detention together, as government prepares military bases for concentration camps The whole world watched in horror in June as the Trump/Pence regime showed what “zero tolerance” looks like in the hands of sadistic, cold-blooded fascists. The images of terrified immigrant children torn from parents who’d just been arrested[Read More…]

August 2, 2018 Human Rights
“Prison reform” bill stalled in Senate as National Prison Strike looms

“Prison reform” bill stalled in Senate as National Prison Strike looms

One of the more curious developments in recent months has been the bipartisan effort to pass the First Step Act, a “prison reform” bill that was approved by the House of Representatives in May.  If passed by the Senate, the bill will lead to some minor improvements in the treatment of prisoners currently incarcerated in federal prison. However, the bill[Read More…]

August 2, 2018 Human Rights
National Register of Citizens in Assam: Need for Responsibility, Caution and Restraint

National Register of Citizens in Assam: Need for Responsibility, Caution and Restraint

The problem of presence of illegal Bangladeshi nationals in Assam is quite complex and old. When the students movement against the Bangladeshi infiltration in Assam held in the eighties, they were supported by socialists and Gandhians of the country. Then that movement was secular and its emphasis was on Assamese citizens identity. Although there was opposition to Bangla-speaking population, but[Read More…]

August 2, 2018 Human Rights
The Assam NRC List: India Faces The Greatest Threat To Its Unity And Integrity

The Assam NRC List: India Faces The Greatest Threat To Its Unity And Integrity

After making nearly 40 lakh people predominantly Muslims as suspect as an Indian citizen, BJP leaders seems to have found new hopes to create turmoil in rest of the country. Now they are demanding that this exercise should be taken in their states too. The chorus will be louder day by day with the thuggish anchors competing each other in[Read More…]

August 2, 2018 Human Rights
India must stand by the Rohingya in their hour of need

India must stand by the Rohingya in their hour of need

Rohingya refugees are back in the news again. On Tuesday (July 30) Mr. Rijiju, the Minister of State for Home said some of the Rohingya living in India do not have the status of “refugee” but are “illegal migrants” who would be deported once their details have been prepared. Reiterating his earlier position, Rijiju said since they are illegal migrants,[Read More…]

August 1, 2018 Human Rights
Decade of Kandhamal : Call for Action on Kandhamal Day August 25th, 2018

Decade of Kandhamal : Call for Action on Kandhamal Day August 25th, 2018

Dear Friends, We hope you remember the grave communal genocide in Kandhamal in Odisha, which happened in 2008. Barely after eight days after celebration of Independence day, India witnessed the biggest organized communal attack against the Christians in the last few centuries. Since 2009, people of Kandhamal and outside have been organizing 25th August as Kandhamal Day.each year This year[Read More…]

August 1, 2018 Editor's Picks, Human Rights
KUALA LUMPUR 30 JULAI 2018. Sebuah kapal yang dalam misi kemanusiaan ke Palestin bersama 22 aktivis dipercayai dirampas Israel, ketika ia menghampiri Gaza. Kapal Al-Awda terputus hubungan komunikasi dengan pihak media Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) dan dalam laporan terakhir radio kapal, ketua kapal menyatakan mereka melihat 4 kapal perang Israel sedang menghampiri kapal itu. EMAIL.

Israel’s Criminal Behaviour

The violent assault upon a number of unarmed passengers on board Al Awda, a ship bringing humanitarian aid to Gaza has exposed yet again the hideous face of Israeli occupation. Reports suggest that some of the victims of the 31st July attack had sustained injuries —- one of them being the renowned Penang-born Palestinian activist, Dr.Ang Swee Chai. An eye-witness[Read More…]

August 1, 2018 Human Rights, Palestine
Fact Finding Report: Starvation Deaths of 3 Minor Girls In East Delhi

Fact Finding Report: Starvation Deaths of 3 Minor Girls In East Delhi

Three minor girls Mansi (8), Shikha (4) and Parul (2) died on July 24, 2018 in Mandawali, East Delhi and the post mortem reports listed starvation as the cause of the deaths. Members of the Delhi Rozi Roti Adhikar Abhiyan (DRRAA)- Anjali Bhardwaj and Amrita Johri along with Harsh Mander (former special commissioner to the Supreme Court in the Right[Read More…]

August 1, 2018 Human Rights
The Final Draft of State Sponsored Statelessness: NRC and the 4 million ‘stateless people’ of India

The Final Draft of State Sponsored Statelessness: NRC and the 4 million ‘stateless people’ of India

40 lakh people have been excluded in the final draft of National Register of Citizens which was prepared jointly by Central Government and State Government of Assam and monitored by Supreme Court. The total expenditure incurred till date for conducting NRC is reportedly Rs1200 crore with a half lakh people engaged in collecting data and processing it which includes both[Read More…]

August 1, 2018 Human Rights
SDG 3 and the Health of Char Women in Assam

SDG 3 and the Health of Char Women in Assam

Among the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) set up by UN to be achieved by 2030, health and well-being stands at the number three positions from the top. That means ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all is a top priority of SDGs worldwide. The highest attainable standard of health is a fundamental right of every person. Many countries[Read More…]

July 31, 2018 Human Rights
Egyptian Kangaroo Court sentences 75 pro-Morsi protesters to death

Egyptian Kangaroo Court sentences 75 pro-Morsi protesters to death

An Egyptian Kangaroo Court Saturday (July 28) sentenced 75 supporters of the former President Mohammad Morsi to death. Egyptian Kangaroo courts are on death sentences spree since the overthrow of Mohammad Morsi, the first democratically election president of Egypt by US client General Abdel Fattah el-Sissi who has since assumed the title of Field Marshall. Last month Egypt’s Zagazig Criminal[Read More…]

July 29, 2018 Human Rights
A Brief History of Global Refugee Crisis: From Origins to Contemporary Scenario

A Brief History of Global Refugee Crisis: From Origins to Contemporary Scenario

 “We are at a watershed, where success in managing forced displacement globally requires a new and far more comprehensive approach so that countries and communities aren’t left dealing with this alone”, Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, heralds. ‘Global Trends’, the yearly report published by UNHCR unravels the contemporary state of global population of forcibly displaced people. “Globally, the[Read More…]

July 29, 2018 Human Rights
Prosecution of Julian Assange Is Persecution of American ideals

Prosecution of Julian Assange Is Persecution of American ideals

Over 50 years ago, in his letter from the Birmingham Jail, addressing a struggle of the civil right era, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote, “We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.” His message is now more prevalent than[Read More…]

July 28, 2018 Human Rights
Justice and Capital Punishment – A Glimpse at the Murder of Udayakumar

Justice and Capital Punishment – A Glimpse at the Murder of Udayakumar

The Special CBI Court has sentenced two police officers K. Jeethakumar and S.V. Sreekumar to be hanged till death for their crime of torturing and murdering Udayakumar. Others who were proven to be involved in the crime, P.T. Ajit Kumar (DYSP), EK Sabu (SP) and TK Haridas were given the punishment of 3 years imprisonment, for destroying the evidences, conspiracy[Read More…]

July 28, 2018 Human Rights
Hundreds of immigrant children remain separated from parents as court deadline passes

Hundreds of immigrant children remain separated from parents as court deadline passes

In one of the cruelest and most outrageous violations of human rights in American history, the Trump administration has refused to reunite nearly a thousand of the immigrant children forcibly separated from their parents under the “zero tolerance” policy Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) began to carry out in early May. The deadline of[Read More…]

July 27, 2018 Human Rights
IAPL Condemns Recent Incidents of “Lynching” by Lawyers

IAPL Condemns Recent Incidents of “Lynching” by Lawyers

The Indian Association of People’s Lawyers (IAPL) condemns the recent attack by lawyers on those accused of a child rape within the Madras High Court premises on 17th July 2018. This act of the officers of the Bar is not an isolated incident and has been witnessed in 2016 in the Patiala Court in Delhi and other courts. It would[Read More…]

July 26, 2018 Human Rights
Trump administration deported up to 463 immigrant parents without their children

Trump administration deported up to 463 immigrant parents without their children

As many as 463 immigrant parents may have been deported without being reunited with their children, according to filings made by the Trump administration in federal court on Monday. Previously, the government had admitted to only 12 parents being deported without their children. The official status of the 463 parents remains uncertain. Federal lawyers stated in court Tuesday that they[Read More…]

July 25, 2018 Human Rights
Free Julian Assange

Free Julian Assange

What have Julian Assange, Stephen Hawking and Noam Chomsky in common? They spoke the truth. Stephen Hawking left us with these words of wisdom “In a world that is in chaos politically, socially and environmentally, how can the human race sustain another 100 years.?” Noam Chomsky echoes the same warning. As an 82 year old Global Citizen, I concluded a[Read More…]

July 25, 2018 Human Rights
Christine Assange, mother of WikiLeaks editor: “I’ve not been able to speak to my son for four months”

Christine Assange, mother of WikiLeaks editor: “I’ve not been able to speak to my son for four months”

Christine Assange, the mother of WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange, spoke at length with the World Socialist Web Site yesterday about the dangerous situation facing her son who, according to recent media reports, confronts imminent eviction from Ecuador’s embassy in London. Christine Assange commented on the US-led efforts to frame-up her son and extradite him to America on bogus espionage charges,[Read More…]

July 24, 2018 Human Rights
Photo credit: Witness Against Torture 
Photo caption: Witness Against Torture activists protest at the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates on January 9, 2018.

God Only Knows

“If they would just confirm to us that my brother is alive, if they would just let us see him, that’s all we want. But we can’t get anyone to give us any confirmation. My mother dies a hundred times every day. They don’t know what that is like.” In July of 2018, an Amnesty International report entitled “God Knows[Read More…]

July 24, 2018 Human Rights
Ecuadorian president arrives in Britain as Julian Assange’s fate hangs in the balance

Ecuadorian president arrives in Britain as Julian Assange’s fate hangs in the balance

Ecuador’s President Lenín Moreno arrives in London today, with his administration seeking to force WikiLeaks editor and Australian citizen Julian Assange out of the Ecuadorian embassy there, where he sought and was granted political asylum in 2012. If Assange leaves the embassy he will be imprisoned by Britain for breaching bail and almost certainly face an application to extradite him[Read More…]

July 21, 2018 Human Rights
Ecuador’s Agenda: Squeezing and Surrendering Assange

Ecuador’s Agenda: Squeezing and Surrendering Assange

It is perhaps typical in a time where a star of the fleshy celluloid wonder Baywatch, heavy in bust and known for her sexual adventures, should feature as a political voice.  Pamela Anderson’s views are treated with judicious seriousness – at least in some quarters.  Her association with Julian Assange has given needless room for columns on what, exactly, their[Read More…]

July 21, 2018 Human Rights
Global Compact for Migration: A Necessary First Step

Global Compact for Migration: A Necessary First Step

On 12 July 2018, the United Nations General Assembly agreed to the text of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration after more than a year of discussions among Member States, non-governmental organizations, academic specialists on migration issues as well as interviews with migrants and refugees. imm01_400The discussion had gained visibility in September 2016 at the U.N. General[Read More…]

July 21, 2018 Human Rights
Left to Right: Ghazanafar Abbas, Sanjay Kumar, Ravi Nitesh, Dr. Shankar Lal, Swami Agnivesh, Ram Mohan Rai, Pradeep

Swami Agnivesh: A Monk who teaches rationality of Science, Rule of Law along with Religious belief and Spirituality And faced attempt of Mob lynching for this

An 80 year old, saffron dressed monk was talking with local tribal groups in Pakur district of Jharkhand when he heard that an angry mob gathered outside to protest him. Allegedly this mob was workers of Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha and Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad, associations supported by the BJP, a party which is in government at Centre and Jharkhand[Read More…]

July 20, 2018 Human Rights
The Massacre of Inn Din: How Rohingya Are Lynched and Held Responsible

The Massacre of Inn Din: How Rohingya Are Lynched and Held Responsible

“In my four years as High Commissioner, I have heard many preposterous claims. That claim is almost in its own category of absurdity. Have you no shame, sir, have you no shame? We are not fools.” These were some of the remarks made by outgoing United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, in his final briefing to the Human[Read More…]

July 19, 2018 Human Rights
Hundreds rally to oppose the RTI Amendment

Hundreds rally to oppose the RTI Amendment

Co-Written by Indrani Talukdar and Sharonee Dasgupta The Right to Information (RTI) Act, one of the most extensively used transparency legislation in the world was introduced to keep a check on the functioning of the government. According to news reports, around 4 to 6 million information applications are filed every year. However, in the present scenario when the central government[Read More…]

July 19, 2018 Human Rights
The Assualt on Agnivesh

The Assualt on Agnivesh

The International Movement for a Just World (JUST) is shocked to learn that the prominent Indian social activist, Swami Agnivesh, was assaulted on the 17th of July 2018 in the Pakur area of Jharkhand State while leaving a hotel where he had participated in an event. The assassins are allegedly from the youth wing of the BJP, the ruling party.[Read More…]

July 18, 2018 Human Rights
Deleting Muslims

Deleting Muslims

Dear friends across India, In a few days, India will delete as many as 7 million Muslims in Assam State from its master list of “citizens” because they speak the wrong language and worship the wrong God. Husbands, wives, and children could be torn apart and left to rot in prison camps. This is how genocides begin – how the[Read More…]

July 17, 2018 Human Rights
Just One Reason Why Cancer Research Is A Sick Joke

Just One Reason Why Cancer Research Is A Sick Joke

 “Why would a police officer arrest someone who was protesting at a nuclear facility? Because it’s his job? Isn’t it everyone’s ‘job’ to do away with the causes of cancer?” — demonstrator participating in a blockade at the entrance of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, June 21, 1982 Sick joke? Well, perhaps I should have simply said that raising money for cancer[Read More…]

July 15, 2018 Human Rights
Only 57 of 3,000 immigrant children have been reunited with parents

Only 57 of 3,000 immigrant children have been reunited with parents

The Trump administration has blatantly ignored a court order requiring it to reunify children under the age of five who were separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border. Out of 103 of the youngest children, only 57 children were reunited with their parents while the remaining 46 were deemed “ineligible” for alleged “safety” reasons or because their parents were[Read More…]

July 14, 2018 Human Rights
Professor Tariq Ramadan: Detention Without Trial

Professor Tariq Ramadan: Detention Without Trial

 When Tariq Ramadan, the respected Oxford Professor of Islamic Studies, voluntarily flew from London to Paris to be questioned over rape allegations, which he vehemently denied and for which evidence is yet nowhere to be found, he must have been confident he was not walking in through the iron gates of an Al-Shabab court somewhere in Africa. That was Paris,[Read More…]

July 14, 2018 Human Rights
UAE and US guilty of war crimes in Yemen torture centers, Amnesty charges

UAE and US guilty of war crimes in Yemen torture centers, Amnesty charges

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and mercenary forces operating under its command have carried out widespread forced disappearances, torture and murder of Yemenis suspected of opposing the more than three-year-old intervention by the oil-rich Gulf state in alliance with Saudi Arabia and Washington. This is the conclusion drawn by the human rights group Amnesty International after interviewing at least 75[Read More…]

July 13, 2018 Human Rights
Judicial Reform In Iraq

Judicial Reform In Iraq

In the middle of April this year, I received an Email with subject line “To Ashish: The IRAQs’ Political Woes Won’t End Without Comprehensive Judicial Reform”. I’d ignored this Email if it was not personalised. I started reading and to my surprise I not only received praise for my previous articles on different human rights issues but also an story from an Iraqi citizen- Thaar Majeed Hassan AL_Taiey. Taking[Read More…]

July 13, 2018 Human Rights
War on Children at Home and Abroad: From US Labor Policy to Illegal Detention and Opposition to Breastfeeding

War on Children at Home and Abroad: From US Labor Policy to Illegal Detention and Opposition to Breastfeeding

  Introduction: Child Exploitation under Neoliberalism Most people would agree that the manner a society treats children is a reflection of its values and moral standards. This was as true of the Golden Age of 5th century Athens as it is of 21st century America. In ancient Athens, boys of citizens received preferential treatment over girls, and boys of affluent[Read More…]

July 12, 2018 Human Rights
Xinjiang: China ignores lessons from the past

Xinjiang: China ignores lessons from the past

A Chinese campaign to forcibly assimilate ethnic Uyghurs in its north-western province of Xinjiang in a bid to erase nationalist sentiment, counter militancy, and create an ‘Uyghur Islam with Chinese characteristics’ ignores lessons learnt not only from recent Chinese history but also the experience of others. The campaign, reminiscent of failed attempts to undermine Uyghur culture during the Cultural Revolution,[Read More…]

July 11, 2018 Human Rights
Europe’s Iron Curtain: The Refugee Crisis is about to Worsen

Europe’s Iron Curtain: The Refugee Crisis is about to Worsen

A recent European Council summit in Brussels was meant to articulate a united policy on the burgeoning refugees and migrant crisis. Instead, it served to highlight the bitter divisions among various European countries. Considering the gravity of the matter, Europe’s self-serving policies are set to worsen an already tragic situation. True, several European leaders, including Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, went home[Read More…]

July 11, 2018 Human Rights
On the ‘Urban Maoists’

On the ‘Urban Maoists’

Even in these times of growing sense of hopelessness in the country under the present regime, the arrests of the five activists by Maharashtra’s Pune Police had stunned people all over the world by the blatancy of misuse of power and impunity it reflects. The continuing spate of condemnation by scores of people within and outside India would not affect[Read More…]

July 11, 2018 Human Rights
A Call for Massive Strikes and Boycotts

A Call for Massive Strikes and Boycotts

Hiroshima, Nagasaki, No Gun Ri, My Lai, Fallujah, Abu Ghraib, Gitmo – the list of US humanitarian crimes continues to grow. Now we have thousands of lost refugee children. How could that happen? This is the most horrific bureaucratic screw-up in history. Wal-Mart has a more efficient system for tracking tomatoes. No one knows how many children have been lost.[Read More…]

July 10, 2018 Human Rights
Statement By Students And Alumni Of NLUD Condemning The Attack On Sudha Bharadwaj

Statement By Students And Alumni Of NLUD Condemning The Attack On Sudha Bharadwaj

On 4 July 2018, a programme aired on Republic TV, presented by its Managing Director, Arnab Goswami, named as “Republic Super Exclusive” news. The programme contained a plethora of false allegations and absolute lies against trade unionist, lawyer and Visiting Professor at the National Law University, Delhi, Professor Advocate Sudha Bharadwaj, among other individuals. In the programme, Republic TV has[Read More…]

July 10, 2018 Human Rights
Trump administration misses deadline to reunite immigrant children with parents

Trump administration misses deadline to reunite immigrant children with parents

The Trump administration missed a court-imposed deadline Tuesday to reunite all young immigrant children who had been separated from their parents under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. In a separate ruling Monday, a federal judge in California ruled that families cannot be detained indefinitely during immigration proceedings. At the same time, the Trump administration continues to escalate its[Read More…]

July 10, 2018 Human Rights
Australia’s foreign interference laws threaten whistleblowers and media freedom

Australia’s foreign interference laws threaten whistleblowers and media freedom

An exchange on June 28 in the parliament, prompted by questions from Green senator Andrew Bartlett, underscored the fact that Australia’s sweeping new “foreign interference” laws have immense implications, not only for whistleblowers, but for the right of media organisations to publish leaked information. Aspects of the legislation, relating to espionage and secrecy, appear to call into question what millions[Read More…]

July 9, 2018 Human Rights
Jharkhand’s civil society representatives condemn Jayant Sinha’s support for Ramgarh lynching accused

Jharkhand’s civil society representatives condemn Jayant Sinha’s support for Ramgarh lynching accused

On 6 July, Union Minister of state for civil aviation, Jayant Sinha, felicitated life convicts after they were released on bail by the Jharkhand High Court. All the eight men were convicted in the lynching of Alimuddin Ansari of Ramgarh. According to media reports, these men were escorted from the jail to Jayant Sinha’s house by a local leader of[Read More…]

July 9, 2018 Human Rights
False Accusations Against Prof. GN Saibaba’s Wife

False Accusations Against Prof. GN Saibaba’s Wife

I condemn and firmly deny the false statements made by Ankur Sharma of www.mynation.com in an article updated on 8th July 2018 on the same website. This article, without citing any reference, says that the Ministry of Home Affairs has released a report wherein it has been stated that I have “met Jharkhand officials and ministers asking them to lift[Read More…]

July 9, 2018 Human Rights
Demand to nullify corrupt auction of Ms Preetha Shaji’s house and to recommend CBI inquiry of the case.

Demand to nullify corrupt auction of Ms Preetha Shaji’s house and to recommend CBI inquiry of the case.

Mr. Shaji Maanathupadathu, a driver in Edappally, signed as a gurantor for a loan worth Rs. 2 lakhs is now losing his home worth Rs. 2 crores. This is happening because the bank and debt recovery officials exaggerated the outstanding interest payments to Rs.2.7 crores and have sold the house in an online auction for just Rs. 38 lakhs. This move[Read More…]

July 9, 2018 Human Rights
NRC Exercise ‘Taking a Toll’ on Genuine Indian Citizens in Assam

NRC Exercise ‘Taking a Toll’ on Genuine Indian Citizens in Assam

Tale of a family who lost their kin fighting Bangladeshi tag UDALGURI,Assam,July 8: Even as Assam awaits the much hyped final draft of the updated National Register of Citizens (NRC) a register containing names of Indian citizens.The fear and apprehension of genuine Bengali Hindu citizens of state being brandished as D-voter,being served notice from Foreigner’s Tribunal to prove citizenship haunts[Read More…]

July 9, 2018 Human Rights
Lynching – ‘ Political ‘ Silence

Lynching – ‘ Political ‘ Silence

Though there is less than a year for another general elections, lynchings continue in the country unabated. Dalits and muslims are being thrashed, harassed, beaten to death and, shamelessly, most of these incidents are being uploaded and circulated on whatsApp with impunity. There is a need to discuss the continued horrors and the stony silence of ruling party and its[Read More…]

July 9, 2018 Human Rights
Open Letter From Medha Patkar To Pinarayi Vijayan: Stop Eviction of the family of Preetha Shaji

Open Letter From Medha Patkar To Pinarayi Vijayan: Stop Eviction of the family of Preetha Shaji

FROM Medha Patkar   TO: Pinarayi Vijayan Chief Minister Kerala Sub: Immediate intervention to stop unfair & unjust eviction of the family of Preetha Shaji, Manthpadath (H), Edappalli,EKM-682033 Respected Sir, I am writing you for the second time in three months bringing your attention to the sad plight of Preetha Shaji, a mother of two children, fighting to ward off[Read More…]

July 8, 2018 Human Rights
Trauma continues for immigrant children in US detention

Trauma continues for immigrant children in US detention

Following public protests and rallies around the country, the Trump administration has formally ended its practice of separating immigrant families. However, the end of family separation has not meant a change for the better, particularly when it comes to the fate of immigrant children. For one, there’s still the question of how as many as 3,000 children still in federal[Read More…]

July 7, 2018 Human Rights
PUCL Condemns Republic TV for the Fabricated, Malicious, Motivated and Scurrilous Attack on Adv. Sudha Bharadwaj

PUCL Condemns Republic TV for the Fabricated, Malicious, Motivated and Scurrilous Attack on Adv. Sudha Bharadwaj

The PUCL strongly condemns the recent fabricated, malicious and motivated attacks against Advocate Sudha Bharadwaj and other human rights defenders, by Republic TV and its anchor Ms. Shivani Gupta, Deputy Editor Mr. Shawan Sen and its Managing Director, Mr. Arnab Goswami, by way of a series of programmes presented on Republic TV on 4th July 2018 as “Super Exclusive Breaking[Read More…]

July 7, 2018 Human Rights
Mediterranean Sea – The Largest Graveyard in Modern History

Mediterranean Sea – The Largest Graveyard in Modern History

In June 2018 alone, more than 500 refugees drowned in the Mediterranean Sea. Their boatswere refused access to land in either Malta, or Italy. They were force-driven back by gun-boats to the North African shores they came from, mostly Libya, but many boats capsized and countless refugees didn’t make it. These are de facto murders, high crimes against humanity, committed[Read More…]

July 7, 2018 Human Rights
Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint

Statement condemning the attack on Advocate Sudha Bhardwaj

We the undersigned wish to place on record our utter disgust, contempt and outrage at the latest in the series of machinations by Republic TV, working to its brief as a propagandist  for the ongoing crusade against all those who take public stands in defence of democracy, secularism, human rights, Constitutional  propriety and rule of law. Republic TV’s latest target[Read More…]

July 7, 2018 Human Rights
Threats to scribes are omnipresent now

Threats to scribes are omnipresent now

As we were preparing to complete the first half of 2018, shocking news broke from America, one of the professed liberal space for journalists in a democracy on Earth. A gunman stormed into the newsroom of a Maryland newspaper in USA and killed five media employees including journalists. The 28 June 2018 shooting incident at Capital Gazette in Annapolis eliminating[Read More…]

July 6, 2018 Human Rights
Trump using separated children to force “voluntary” deportations

Trump using separated children to force “voluntary” deportations

A new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) document released by NBC News Monday has exposed the cynical effort by the Trump administration to use a court-ordered “family reunification” process to force immigrant parents with separated children into signing a document agreeing to deportation back to their country of origin. The new policy comes in response to a court order handed[Read More…]

July 5, 2018 Human Rights
Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint

Malicious Campaign By Republic TV And Arnab Goswami Against Sudha Bharadwaj

I have been informed that Republic TV aired a programme on 4 July 2018, presented by anchor and MD Arnab Goswami as “Super Exclusive Breaking News”. The programme, which is being repeatedly shown, contains a long list of ridiculous, scurrilous, false  and completely unsubstantiated allegations against me. Goswami has claimed that I have written a letter (identifying myself as “Comrade[Read More…]

July 5, 2018 Human Rights
India: Fake rumours and spate of mob lynchings destroying the rule of law

India: Fake rumours and spate of mob lynchings destroying the rule of law

For several months now, rumours of traveling child snatchers have been floating around the country, spreading fear through Whatsapp messages and Facebook posts.Recently, the consequences of these rumours was the lynching and killing of two men from Guwahati who ventured into the tribal region of Karbi Anglong in Assam, and, of a group of five people in Dhule district in[Read More…]

July 4, 2018 Human Rights
Gang Rape And Continuing Repression In Ghaghra And Neighbouring Villages of Jharkhand

Gang Rape And Continuing Repression In Ghaghra And Neighbouring Villages of Jharkhand

PRELIMINARY REPORT OF FACT-FINDING TEAM OF WOMEN’S GROUPS INTO THE INCIDENT OF GANG RAPE IN KHUNTI AND CONTINUING REPRESSION IN GHAGHRA AND NEIGHBOURING VILLAGES IN KHUNTI AND ARAKI DISTRICTS OF JHARKHAND Following up on media reports of the gang rape of 5 adivasi women in Kochang, Araki block, Khunti district while holding street plays on anti-trafficking, WSS constituted a fact-finding[Read More…]

July 4, 2018 Human Rights
Tamil Nadu Police Is Hounding “Kakkoos” Director Divya Bharathi

Tamil Nadu Police Is Hounding “Kakkoos” Director Divya Bharathi

Tamil Nadu police is hounding film maker Divya Bharathi. On Monday evening 15 police officials entered her home without search warrant and demander her father about her whereabouts. The News Minute reported that On Tuesday, the group stopped her vehicle outside Madurai District Court, insisting that she come with them. “We kept asking who they were and if they had[Read More…]

July 4, 2018 Human Rights
Trump Escalates Fascist Barbarism on the Border, Sparking Massive, Growing Resistance

Trump Escalates Fascist Barbarism on the Border, Sparking Massive, Growing Resistance

Less than two weeks after Trump signed his executive order supposedly halting the separation of families arrested at the border, three things are apparent. First, the Trump/Pence regime’s depraved and deliberate cruelty is not only continuing, but in some ways escalating. Second, this is not only generating massive revulsion and outrage, it has begun to reveal this regime’s fascist intent[Read More…]

July 3, 2018 Human Rights
Continuing attacks on right to life in Jharkhand

Continuing attacks on right to life in Jharkhand

Since 2014, people of Jharkhand have faced severe attacks on their mere right to life by the Raghuvar Das led BJP government. The government has been trying to acquire land of Adivasis and Moolvasis against their wishes that will directly affect their livelihoods. On the other hand, there is also a direct attack on the people’s freedom to religion leading[Read More…]

July 2, 2018 Human Rights
Nationwide Protests:Pro-Immigrant or Anti-Trump?

Nationwide Protests:Pro-Immigrant or Anti-Trump?

Co-Written by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers Over the past weeks, there has been a series of major protests against the mistreatment of immigrants. Hundreds were arrested after blocking DC streets and sitting-in at a Senate office building.  Two weeks ago, there were #FamiliesTogether rallies across the United States that forced Trump to end child separation and return to the Obama-era policy of incarcerating immigrant[Read More…]

July 2, 2018 Human Rights
Rally against arrests of activists in India held in Canada

Rally against arrests of activists in India held in Canada

South Asian activists came together to protest against recent arrests of political activists in India on Saturday evening. Organized by Radical Desi, the rally was held at Holland Park in Surrey. Police had recently arrested five political activists across India for inciting violence and allegedly being involved in a conspiracy to assassinate Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Among them are[Read More…]

July 1, 2018 Human Rights
Sedition case against Human Rights Activist : An attempt to silence sane voices

Sedition case against Human Rights Activist : An attempt to silence sane voices

  FIR filed against Babu Gogineni for ‘hurting religious sentiments’ Times of India  June 27, 2018 reported:  Acting on the order passed by the 25th Metropolitan Magistrate Court at Kukatpally, Hyderabad, the Madhapur Police Station registered an FIR against human rights activist Babu Gogineni for ‘hurting religious sentiments’  of the people. The court issued the order after taking cognisance of a private complaint filed[Read More…]

July 1, 2018 Human Rights
Mumbai’s urban poor hit streets today after government’s failure to rehabilitate them

Mumbai’s urban poor hit streets today after government’s failure to rehabilitate them

 Government assured action within seven days Mumbai | 29th June 2018: Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan, Mumbai organized a rally and dharna of residnents of Mahul and Tansa Pipeline Project Affected People to demand better rehabilitation. The rally was organized on Friday 29 June demanding the Relocation of residents of Mahul to a better place, to stop of sending more[Read More…]

June 29, 2018 Human Rights
Democrats Against Assange: Influencing US-Ecuador Relations

Democrats Against Assange: Influencing US-Ecuador Relations

Such a historical twist, but one that deserves its iniquitous slot in the history books.  No secret has been made about US policy towards Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, which continues its trajectory to seek his apprehension and shutter the organisation.  Despite its cables being used for political effect by interested parties; despite the exposures of corruption within the ranks of[Read More…]

June 29, 2018 Human Rights
When my daughter was separated from me, at the border

When my daughter was separated from me, at the border

Let me tell you about the time that my daughter Skye was separated from me, and what it did to her. In November 2001, I took my family on a trip to West Africa.  We had a six-year-old (my daughter Skye), a three-year-old and a one-year-old with us.  We landed in Nigeria, and crossed overland to Benin, Togo and Ghana.[Read More…]

June 29, 2018 Human Rights
 Here’s what I saw at the border

 Here’s what I saw at the border

Sunday morning, I flew to McAllen, Texas to find out what’s really happening to immigrant families ripped apart by the Trump administration. There’s one thing that’s very clear: The crisis at our border isn’t over. I went straight from the airport to the McAllen Customs and Border Protection (CBP) processing center that is the epicenter of Donald Trump’s so-called “zero-tolerance”[Read More…]

June 29, 2018 Human Rights
Resisting The ICEstapo!

Resisting The ICEstapo!

Speech delivered at Protest Rally Before Drury Inn I put the course on International Human Rights Law into the College of Law curriculum over three decades ago. One of the things I teach my law students and future lawyers is that the Undocumented have human rights because they are human beings. These rights are all set out here in the[Read More…]

June 28, 2018 Human Rights
 Civil advocacy groups denounce Supreme Court decision to uphold Trump’s Muslim Ban 3.0

 Civil advocacy groups denounce Supreme Court decision to uphold Trump’s Muslim Ban 3.0

The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, Tuesday (June 26, 2018) ruled in favor of the third iteration of President Donald Trump’s travel ban (known as Muslim Ban 3.0) on five Muslim countries. In his decision, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that Trump had used his executive authority to “suspend entry of aliens into the United States.”  “The [order] is[Read More…]

June 27, 2018 Human Rights
 Supreme Court Legalizes Religious Bigotry, Xenophobia, Fascist Presidential Powers:

 Supreme Court Legalizes Religious Bigotry, Xenophobia, Fascist Presidential Powers:

June 26, in a 5-4 decision, the US Supreme Court upheld the Trump/Pence regime’s openly bigoted, xenophobic Muslim Ban, which severely restricts travel from seven countries. Five of the countries are predominantly Muslim (Yemen, Iran, Syria, Somalia, and Libya), and the two others are North Korea and Venezuela. This decision came on the same day the Supreme Court also ruled[Read More…]

June 27, 2018 Human Rights
Suffer the Little Children

Suffer the Little Children

In the Gospels, the disciples of Jesus complain about folks who bring their kids with them to receive his blessings. But Jesus is not somebody who shuns the company of children. In response to his followers’ disapproval, he says, perhaps with the snap of indignation in his voice, “Suffer the little children and don’t stop them from coming to me.[Read More…]

June 27, 2018 Human Rights
Love Not Cages

Love Not Cages

I’m still grappling with what we’ve seen from the Trump administration in the past few weeks: kids in cages, families torn apart, bitter racist politics that vilify and divide. It isn’t who we are. Not as a people and not as a nation. But this isn’t the moment to look away. Through the anger and frustration, we have to stay[Read More…]

June 27, 2018 Human Rights
Did Israel Inspire Trump’s Family Separation Policy?

Did Israel Inspire Trump’s Family Separation Policy?

This past May, the United States Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, announced the government’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy at US border crossings. It was a matter of weeks before the new policy began yielding tragic outcomes. Those attempting to unlawfully cross into the US were subject to federal criminal prosecution, while their children were taken away by federal authorities, which placed them in cage-like[Read More…]

June 27, 2018 Human Rights
Isolate and Defeat Perpetrators of Lynching:A Lynching Nation Cannot be Democratic!

Isolate and Defeat Perpetrators of Lynching:A Lynching Nation Cannot be Democratic!

PADS statement against recent cases of public lynching in different parts of the country The seven day period from 13th June to 20th June, 2018 saw four Muslim men lynched at Hapur (UP) and at Godda and Ramgarh in Jharkhand. The last four years of BJP rule at center have seen steep rise in the numbers communally motivated lynching, with[Read More…]

June 27, 2018 Human Rights
Bhima Koregaon violence: Shifting narrative and fading public memory as 2019 approaches

Bhima Koregaon violence: Shifting narrative and fading public memory as 2019 approaches

On June 6, many of us who knew one or few of the five people arrested, supposedly in connection with the ‘violence’ at Bhima Koregaon, woke up with hasty messages of unexpectedarrests. I received a message that Dalit activist Sudhir Dhawale was ‘picked up’ and had been taken to the Govandi police station in Mumbai. A huge crowd gathered outside[Read More…]

June 27, 2018 Human Rights
Poverty estimation: A mockery of the unprivileged

Poverty estimation: A mockery of the unprivileged

  As reported by The Times of India, according to a study published in the ‘Future Development’ blog of Brookings, Nigeria has overtaken India in terms of the highest number of extremely poor people (https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/india-no-longer-home-to-the-largest-no-of-poor-study/articleshow/64754988.cms). The study estimates that at the end of May, 2018, Nigeria had about 87 million people in extreme poverty compared to India’s 73 million. The[Read More…]

June 27, 2018 Human Rights
Migrants from across sub-Saharan African - Mali, the Gambia, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Niger and more - are part of the mass migration toward Europe, some fleeing violence, others just hoping to make a living. (Jerome Delay/Associated Press)

Thousands of refugees forced onto death march into Sahara desert

  More than 13,000 refugees and migrants, including pregnant women and children, have been force-marched into the Sahara desert by Algerian security forces over the past 14 months, where many of them have died from hunger and exposure. The shocking revelation by the Associated Press was substantiated by videos showing hundreds of migrants stumbling through a sand storm and others[Read More…]

June 26, 2018 Human Rights
 Outlawed practice of manual scavenging sees a fourfold growth

 Outlawed practice of manual scavenging sees a fourfold growth

Growth has remained the buzzword in Indian polity for decades now. It started after the unprecedented economic crisis that the country faced in early 1990s and never really went away after that. It, rather, almost consumed the other big word- development, which now returns to election rallies and then disappears again until the next elections. Ironically, overuse of the concept[Read More…]

June 26, 2018 Human Rights
Five custodial deaths daily during 2017-2018, India must ratify the UNCAT for extradition of the fugitives 

Five custodial deaths daily during 2017-2018, India must ratify the UNCAT for extradition of the fugitives 

  New Delhi: Asian Centre for Human Rights in its report, “Torture Update India” (http://www.achrweb.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/TortureUpdateIndia.pdf), released today, the 26th June, the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture 2018, stated that a total of 1,674 custodial deaths including 1,530 deaths in judicial custody and 144 deaths in police custody took place from 1 April 2017 to 28 February 2018[Read More…]

June 26, 2018 Human Rights
The Next Step: The Campaign for Julian Assange

The Next Step: The Campaign for Julian Assange

The modern detainee in a political sense has to be understood in the abstract.  Those who take to feats of hacking, publishing and articulating positions on the issue of institutional secrets have become something of a species, not as rare as they once more, but no less remarkable for that fact.  And what a hounded species at that. Across the[Read More…]

June 26, 2018 Human Rights
Assange Is A Journalist, Should Not Be Prosecuted For Publishing The Truth

Assange Is A Journalist, Should Not Be Prosecuted For Publishing The Truth

Co-Written by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers Last week, rallies in support of Julian Assange were held around the world. We participated in two #AssangeUnity events seeking to #FreeAssange in Washington, DC. This is the beginning of a new phase of the campaign to stop the persecution of Julian Assange and allow him to leave the Ecuadorian Embassy in London without[Read More…]

June 25, 2018 Human Rights
UN Human Rights Report Gives New Sinews To Kashmir

UN Human Rights Report Gives New Sinews To Kashmir

Historically, Kashmiris since 1819 have always greeted the voices raised from outside the state against their oppression and in support of their cause.  In 1934, when Mahatma Gandhi in response to a missive by a Kashmiri Pandit leader,  Prem Nath Bazaz wrote to him in a letter dated May 15, 1934,  “Seeing that Kashmiris predominantly Mussalman it is bound to[Read More…]

June 25, 2018 Human Rights, Kashmir
Separation and killing of children

Separation and killing of children

President Trump’s cruel policy of separating immigrant children from their parents as they sought asylum here mocked the idea that the US government values families. Unfortunately the US has a long and sad history of separating children from their parents. For example, the US took American-Indian children from their parents and Black slave families were often torn apart. Fortunately the[Read More…]

June 24, 2018 Human Rights
Evading Medical Care: Australia’s Refugee Arrangements with Taiwan

Evading Medical Care: Australia’s Refugee Arrangements with Taiwan

It is a credit to the venality of Australia’s refugee policy that much time is spent on letting others do what that particular country ought to be doing.  For a state so obsessed with the idea of a “rule-based order”, breaking those rules comes naturally – all in the national interest, of course. Canberra’s policy makers, since the 1990s, have[Read More…]

June 24, 2018 Human Rights
 Internal Resistance In Iran

 Internal Resistance In Iran

We heard quite a lot about “The Iran nuclear deal” and pros and cons of Iran nuclear deal, but what we don’t hear about is that Iran is facing deep internal strife. The recent mass protests in Southwest Iran (Ahwaz region). Iranian regime’s discriminatory policies, racism, poverty and diseases from pollutionin the region angered Arab in Ahwaz. Different nations within[Read More…]

June 23, 2018 Human Rights
 Multiple arrests in one week: Serious Escalation in Repression against Revolution Club by Chicago Authorities

 Multiple arrests in one week: Serious Escalation in Repression against Revolution Club by Chicago Authorities

In a serious escalation of repression, authorities in Chicago are arresting revolutionaries on bogus charges.  In one week, at two public festivals, 11 people with the Revolution Club have been arrested on ridiculous pretexts.  In one case, they are mainly charged with misdemeanor obstructing/resisting a peace [sic] officer.  This is punishable by up to one year in jail.  There were[Read More…]

June 23, 2018 Human Rights
Fashion Confuses U.S Domestic Politics, Connecting With An Authoritarian On Kashmir

Fashion Confuses U.S Domestic Politics, Connecting With An Authoritarian On Kashmir

There is something charming about a first lady making media bloopers; however, one cannot say the same for those born very rich who are often obtuse to the sufferings of others. The news reaching a crescendo this week in the US has not been the World Cup — relatively few understand the game here.  No, it’s been Donald Trump’s cruel[Read More…]

June 23, 2018 Human Rights
US court documents reveal Immigrant children tied down, hooded, beaten, stripped and drugged

US court documents reveal Immigrant children tied down, hooded, beaten, stripped and drugged

Court documents made public in Virginia and Texas give a glimpse of the systematic brutality being meted out to immigrant children in both public and private jails. Children are strapped down, hooded and beaten, or drugged by force, as part of the everyday procedure in what can only be called the American Gulag. An Associated Press report published Thursday gave[Read More…]

June 22, 2018 Human Rights
IAPL Condemns The Arrest Of Advocate Vanchinathan

IAPL Condemns The Arrest Of Advocate Vanchinathan

The Indian Association of People’s lawyers (IAPL) condemns the arrest of Advocate Vanchinathan by the Chennai police in the early hours of Thursday, 21 June 2018. Following the brutal police crackdown in Tuticorin on people protesting against Sterlite Copper Smelter Plant in which 13 people were shot dead, Tamilnadu Police has continued the crackdown on various people who have been[Read More…]

June 22, 2018 Human Rights
Leaving the UN Human Rights Council

Leaving the UN Human Rights Council

The margin between what is a human right as an inalienable possession, and how it is seen in political terms is razor fine. In some cases, the distinctions are near impossible to make.  To understand the crime of genocide is to also understand the political machinations that limited its purview.  No political or cultural groups, for instance, were permitted coverage[Read More…]

June 20, 2018 Human Rights
The OHCHR report on Kashmir: Will India succeed in blocking discussions on the report in Geneva?

The OHCHR report on Kashmir: Will India succeed in blocking discussions on the report in Geneva?

The United Nations, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), on June 14 published “Report on the Situation of Human Rights in Kashmir: Developments in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir from June 2016 to April 2018”. This is the first such report on Jammu and Kashmir by the UN. It covers both India and Pakistan controlled[Read More…]

June 20, 2018 Human Rights, Kashmir
Five die fleeing US immigration police as children spend Father’s Day in jail

Five die fleeing US immigration police as children spend Father’s Day in jail

Five people died and several more were injured near the US-Mexico border Sunday when US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and local police pursued a car full of immigrants at speeds of over 100 miles per hour. The driver of the large SUV carrying 12 immigrants lost control and flipped several times, throwing bodies across Highway 85 in Big Wells,[Read More…]

June 18, 2018 Human Rights
Protect Immigrants’ Rights; End The Crises That Drive Migration

Protect Immigrants’ Rights; End The Crises That Drive Migration

Co-Written by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers The ugliness of US immigration policy is once again evident. There is national outrage that separating children, often infants, from their parents is wrong. There is also national consensus (nine out of ten people in the US) that people brought here by their parents, the Dreamers, should not be forced out of the country[Read More…]

June 18, 2018 Human Rights
PUDR Condemns the arrest of Abhay Devdas Nayak

PUDR Condemns the arrest of Abhay Devdas Nayak

A 34-year-old ‘techie’ Abhay Devdas Nayak was abducted by the Chattisgarh police on 31 May 2018 from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport and presented before the media on 12 June, as a “top Maoist propagandist.” That he could be picked up by the police and kept in illegal custody and then shown as ‘arrested’ after a gap of 12 days,[Read More…]

June 18, 2018 Human Rights
The UN Human Rights Report Reveals The Real Face Of Kashmir

The UN Human Rights Report Reveals The Real Face Of Kashmir

Kashmir Centre for social & development studies (KCSDS ) hails UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’  Report  on the situation of human rights in   Kashmir and its  straightforward  recommendation  for respecting the  right to self determination of Kashmiris.  It  is as if after a long time parched land has got  much needed unexpected rain from a quarter that  had maintained studied[Read More…]

June 17, 2018 Human Rights, Kashmir
KCSDS Condemns Shujjat Bukhari’s Killing

KCSDS Condemns Shujjat Bukhari’s Killing

Kashmir Centre for social & development studies (KCSDS ) is rudely shocked  & terribly grieved  at the brutal assassination of senior Journalist & chief Editor of  daily Rising Kashmir Shujjat Bukhari. Carried in broad daylight, in a high security zone and  coinciding with  the  indictment of India by UN human rights council  for gross human rights violations in Kashmir, the[Read More…]

June 17, 2018 Human Rights, Kashmir
Citizenship Amendment Bill Violates Constitution

Citizenship Amendment Bill Violates Constitution

Preamble of Indian constitution states that India is a secular country and secularism in India means a state that is neutral to all religious groups. There is no provision for citizenship on the basis of religious identity in Indian constitution. But Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 raises several issues. It makes illegal migrants eligible for citizenship based on their religion. Its[Read More…]

June 15, 2018 Human Rights
Shujaat Bukhari: Another Voice Of Reason Silenced

Shujaat Bukhari: Another Voice Of Reason Silenced

Shujaat Bukhari, Editor of Rising Kashmir and a man of deep conviction, known through his fearless writings fell to the bullets of assassins today at the time when festive season of Eid is approaching after the culmination of the holy month of Ramadhan. Bukhari’s killing also shows us how difficult it is for the journalists of the Kashmiri origin particularly[Read More…]

June 15, 2018 Human Rights, Kashmir
First-ever UN human rights report on Kashmir calls for international inquiry into multiple violations

First-ever UN human rights report on Kashmir calls for international inquiry into multiple violations

GENEVA (14 June 2018) – There is an urgent need to address past and ongoing human rights violations and abuses and deliver justice for all people in Kashmir, who for seven decades have suffered a conflict that has claimed or ruined numerous lives, a report by the UN Human Rights Office published on Thursday says. The 49-page report – the[Read More…]

June 14, 2018 Human Rights, Kashmir
Freethinking writer and politician shot dead in Bangladesh

Freethinking writer and politician shot dead in Bangladesh

Shahzahan Bachchu was known locally and within the secular Bangladeshi movement as an outspoken, sometimes fiery activist for secularism. He printed poetry and books related to humanism and freethought via his publishing house Bishaka Prakashani (Star Publishers). He was also a political activist, serving as former general secretary of Munshiganj district unit of the Communist Party. He was reportedly shot[Read More…]

June 12, 2018 Human Rights
Child Labour: Capability and Well-Being

Child Labour: Capability and Well-Being

“Well, if we don’t recruit the children from Assam they will get into more trouble as who will then feed them. By working for us, at least they get to eat properly” came a sympathetic response from a village in Kimin Block. As part of the team studying Human Trafficking in our state, I visited Kimin block due to its[Read More…]

June 12, 2018 Human Rights
Gadchiroli Massacre: The Killers Should Be Prosecuted

Gadchiroli Massacre: The Killers Should Be Prosecuted

The Human Rights Forum (HRF) demands that personnel of the C-60 Commandos, CRPF and regular police who participated in the killing of 40 persons including 22 Maoist armed cadre and 18 civilians on April 22 and 23, in the forest abutting the Indravati river on the Chattisgarh side and the Nainer forests of Aheri tehsil in Gadchiroli, Maharasthra, be prosecuted[Read More…]

June 8, 2018 Human Rights
IAPL Condemns Arrest of Activists

IAPL Condemns Arrest of Activists

Today, Indian Association of People’s Lawyers (IAPL) organised a press conference at the Press Club of India in New Delhi in relation to the recent arrests of Advocate Surendra Gadling, Prof. Shoma Sen , Sudhir Dhawale, Rona Wilson and Mahesh Raut. The arrests took place on the 6th June, 2018, by Pune police at the early Hours of morning. The[Read More…]

June 8, 2018 Human Rights
Anti-Coal Mine Activist Suresh Oraon Shot Dead In Jharkhand

Anti-Coal Mine Activist Suresh Oraon Shot Dead In Jharkhand

Suresh Oraon (27) of Purnadih Chatra Jharkhand was shot dead this morning. Suresh and his people were the owners of the land on which the state owned Central Coalfields Limited (CCL) built their Purnadih coal mines. Suresh kept fighting CCL and their mafia against land grabbing. When CCL bulldozed the resistance Suresh and community started fighting for jobs and compensation.[Read More…]

Unfinished Portrait: Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, 2013, 555 gallery jail cells, Detroit, Michigan.

Condemn the arbitrary arrests of Shoma Sen, Sudhir Dhawale, Surendra Gadling, Rona Wilson, and Mahesh Raut 

Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) is outraged at the arbitrary arrest of its valued member, Professor Shoma Sen along with other leading Dalit and human rights activists, in an alarming crackdown on civil liberties activists throughout the country. Today, on 6th June 2018 at 6 am in the morning, Professor Shoma Sen, Advocate Surendra Gadling, cultural activist[Read More…]

June 7, 2018 Human Rights
Condemn the arrests of Adv Surendra Gadling, Prof Shoma Sen, Sudhir Dhawle, Rona Wilson, Mahesh Raut

Condemn the arrests of Adv Surendra Gadling, Prof Shoma Sen, Sudhir Dhawle, Rona Wilson, Mahesh Raut

CDRO strongly condemns the arrest by Maharashtra police in the early morning of June 6, 2018 of Adv. Surendra Gadling, senior advocate from Nagpur and General Secretary of India Association of Peoples’ Lawyers (IAPL), Prof. Shoma Sen, Head of Department of English, Nagpur University, Sudhir Dhawale, poet and Editor of Vidrohi from Mumbai, Rona Wilson, public relations secretary of Committee[Read More…]

June 7, 2018 Human Rights
John Pilger and Courage Foundation announce “urgent campaign” to free Assange

John Pilger and Courage Foundation announce “urgent campaign” to free Assange

Internationally-acclaimed journalist and documentary filmmaker John Pilger issued the following statement on behalf of the Courage Foundationyesterday. Pilger is a trustee of the organisation, which raises funds for the legal defense of persecuted whistleblowers, journalists and publications, including Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. Pilger will be addressing the June 17 Sydney Town Hall Square rally, called by the Socialist Equality Party, demanding that[Read More…]

June 5, 2018 Human Rights
Akramul Haque

 Disorderly Bangladesh: Is Anarchy Lurking Behind Extrajudicial Killings? 

Extrajudicial killings of dissidents and outlaws by states is as old as civilization. The recent world history is replete with such killings. As Hitler had his Waffen-SS and Gestapo, so had Mussolini his Blackshirts to do the job. In the recent past, the last Shah of Iran had his Savak, and the Pakistani occupation Army in Bangladesh had its al-Badr,[Read More…]

June 5, 2018 Human Rights
People’s Inquest into Thoothukudi Firings: INTERIM OBSERVATIONS

People’s Inquest into Thoothukudi Firings: INTERIM OBSERVATIONS

We share with you the Interim Report of the People’s Inquest into the circumstances leading to Tamilnadu Police opening fire on protestor’s demanding closure of Vedanta Group’s Sterlite Copper smelter at Thoothukudi (Tuticorin). The protests had been intensified over the past four months, as twenty years of struggle to demand closure of the highly polluting copper smelter had failed. 15[Read More…]

Major Gogoi and the Continuing Culture of Impunity    

Major Gogoi and the Continuing Culture of Impunity    

      On May 30, 2018, the Jammu and Kashmir Police filed a status report before the Chief Judicial Magistrate of Srinagar regarding the case of sexual favours that Major Gogoi of 53 Rashtriya Rifles sought from a local Kashmiri woman, on May 23, 2018. The police claimed that it was a case of ‘consenting adults’ as the woman[Read More…]

June 3, 2018 Human Rights
Condemn the arrest of Alik Chakraborty

Condemn the arrest of Alik Chakraborty

Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisation (CDRO) strongly condemns the arrest of the leader of the Bhangar anti-power grid peasants’ movement and spokesperson of the Bhangar Land, Livelihood, Environment and Ecology Protection Committee, Alik Chakraborty, from Bhubaneshwar on 31.05.2018 by a team of the West Bengal police. Alik has been suffering from life-theratening ailments for quite some time and had gone[Read More…]

June 2, 2018 Human Rights
Border Patrol Murders Young Guatemalan Woman: Justice for Claudia González!

Border Patrol Murders Young Guatemalan Woman: Justice for Claudia González!

Up and down the Rio Grande A thousand footprints in the sand –From “Across the Borderline,” by Ry Cooder, John Hiatt, James Dickinson Claudia Gómez González had studied to be an accountant. But she was unable to earn a living in her homeland, a country wracked by extreme poverty and violence; reeling from decades under the thumb of U.S. imperialism,[Read More…]

June 1, 2018 Human Rights
Naval Kishor Kumar, Hindi Editor of Forward Press, Recieves Death Threats

Naval Kishor Kumar, Hindi Editor of Forward Press, Recieves Death Threats

Naval Kishor Kumar, Hindi Editor of Forward Press, has received death threats from the supporters of Brahmeshwar Mukhiya. Over the last 24 hours, he has received numerous phone calls issuing death threats to him and rape threats against his family members living in Bihar. The miscreants, who are believed to be part of the Ranvir Sena, have even posted threatening[Read More…]

May 31, 2018 Human Rights
Rally against the killings of protesters in Tamil Nadu held in Canada

Rally against the killings of protesters in Tamil Nadu held in Canada

South Asian activists came together to protest against the killings of 12 demonstrators by the Tamil Nadu police at Holland Park in Surrey on Saturday evening, May 26. Organized by Radical Desi, the rally started with a moment of silence for the demonstrators killed by the police in Thoothukudi, and also for nearly 60 Palestinian protesters killed by the Israeli[Read More…]

May 27, 2018 Human Rights
Houses Demolished in the Name of Housing Scheme in Indore

Houses Demolished in the Name of Housing Scheme in Indore

Co-Written by Ankit Jha & Anand Lakhan On the morning of May 23rd 2018 more than 110 houses were demolished at Bhuri Tekri in Indore by Indore Municipal Corporation. Houses were demolished for the rehabilitation of people under the in-situ slum redevelopment component of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U). Most of the residents belong to Dalit community. In an earlier[Read More…]

May 25, 2018 Human Rights
States of Cruelty: The Dead Refugees of Manus

States of Cruelty: The Dead Refugees of Manus

In those seemingly interminable refugee debates being held in various countries, cruelty is pure theatre. It is directed, stage managed, the victims treated as mere marionettes in a play of putrid public policy and indifferent public officials.  Barriers have been set; barbed wire has been put in place. Open zones such as the European Union are being internally bordered up,[Read More…]

May 25, 2018 Human Rights
Ahmed, a Rohingya refugee man cries as he holds his 40-day-old son, who died as a boat capsized in the shore of Shah Porir Dwip while crossing ...

Fixing The Violence As Best As One Can

 One of my friends right now is in Bangladesh. He’s in the middle of having a shock to his soul or his sensibilities (if one doesn’t believe in a soul) due to having been invited to write an assessment for “ROHINGYA: Bangladesh Mission Report.” Yes, it is hard to bear witness. It is hard to endure suffering and loss on[Read More…]

May 24, 2018 Human Rights
President Donald Trump`s Conservative Stance on Immigration Will Fire Back?

President Donald Trump`s Conservative Stance on Immigration Will Fire Back?

America is a land of opportunities and a powerful nation which is well recognized globally. Since 19th century people from different parts of the world migrated to the United States of America in search of better economic opportunities. The Act to encourage Immigration signed July 4th, 1864 by President Lincoln to encourage immigration was the first and only major law[Read More…]

May 14, 2018 Human Rights
Mothers Who Lost Children At the Hands of the Police #STAND for Justice in DC!

Mothers Who Lost Children At the Hands of the Police #STAND for Justice in DC!

A rally at the Capitol Building in Washington, DC, brought together mothers, other relatives of people whose lives had been stolen by murdering pigs, and supporters on Thursday, May 10. Called by the Truth, Hope and Justice Initiative, it drew together 200 people. Many were family members of those stolen lives, and they came to DC from all across the[Read More…]

May 14, 2018 Human Rights
Marginalised Sections – Casualties on Both Sides of Struggle

Marginalised Sections – Casualties on Both Sides of Struggle

The security forces, armed police and extra – military personnel engage in attacks on so -called terrorists, militants, maoists or extremists. In all these incidents, the highest casualties belong to weaker sections, muslim communities, adivasis, dalits etc. Thus, on both sides the actual fight is between these communities killing each other. In an article, Ramachandra Guha ( The continuing tragedy[Read More…]

May 13, 2018 Human Rights
The Disabled Disabling

The Disabled Disabling

  When West Milwaukee police killed Adam Trammell, a Black resident of the city, he was unarmed and alone in his locked apartment, just taking a shower. The police came because a neighbor had called them and reported that Trammel was acting “oddly.” Police arrived to do a “wellness check,” already knowing Trammell had schizophrenia. Trammell was not wanted for[Read More…]

May 12, 2018 Human Rights
 What Do Pakistan, the U.S., Italy and Morocco Have in Common?

 What Do Pakistan, the U.S., Italy and Morocco Have in Common?

It’s good, of course, that Dr. Binoy Kampmark documented the recent Gina Haspel Hearings. And it’s encouraging to hear that former CIA employee Ray McGovern is writing articles about torture and continuing to put himself on the line in public protesting in the faces of the powers that be, calling a shovel a shovel for one and all to see. Planting seeds which[Read More…]

May 12, 2018 Human Rights
 “America-First” Inhumanity: Refugee Children Torn from Parents

 “America-First” Inhumanity: Refugee Children Torn from Parents

“She could hear her daughter in the next room, screaming, ‘Mommy, don’t let them take me!’” Imagine you and your seven-year old daughter, having survived a terrible journey of escape from the violence in your homeland, suddenly are arrested and torn apart after applying for asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border. Is this not every parent’s nightmare, to have your child[Read More…]

May 4, 2018 Human Rights
Alliance Against Displacement show support to Saibaba

Alliance Against Displacement show support to Saibaba

  Support in Canada continues to grow for a Delhi University Professor who is incarcerated in an Indian jail despite being ninety percent disabled below the waist. After the World Sikh Organization (WSO), the Alliance Against Displacement joins the list of Canadian groups who have raised their voice for wheelchair bound GN Saibaba, who was given a life sentence last[Read More…]

May 3, 2018 Human Rights
Death Penalty Ordinance for Child Rapists: Some Major Concerns

Death Penalty Ordinance for Child Rapists: Some Major Concerns

Co-Written by Zubair Nazeer & Musab Omer The recent approval of the Ordinance for changes in the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Evidence Act, the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act is seen as a great step towards ensuring the safety of women and children in India.The Ordinance has some positive[Read More…]

May 2, 2018 Human Rights
Beyond the tales of Despair: Revisiting the time when Tea Labourers of Darjeeling wrote a different history

Beyond the tales of Despair: Revisiting the time when Tea Labourers of Darjeeling wrote a different history

  Eleven deaths in police firing at Naxalbari gave it an immortal stature in the history of political movement in India. Its name got spread far and wide giving rise to ideologies linked to popular revolution. But there is another similar story of martyrdom in the same region- untold; another monument of martyrs lying in neglect and negation in a corner[Read More…]

May 2, 2018 Human Rights
Berta Cáceres, Siwatu-Salama Ra, and Jenni Monet

These Women Environmental Defenders Refused To Be Silent

Each year, Earth Day gives us a moment to celebrate our movement and recommit ourselves to action. In a year marked by the #MeToo movement and renewed demands for women’s rights, the solidarity of women in the environmental movement continues to inspire me. When women around the world speak out to defend the planet and our communities, we often risk[Read More…]

April 27, 2018 Human Rights
Support for Horrific Kathua-Crime Is Simply Outrageous

Support for Horrific Kathua-Crime Is Simply Outrageous

Ordinarily, a crime does not spark a widespread reaction from the public unless its guilt is so horrific that no normal human being’s conscience can remain untouched & unshaken by the weight of its gravity. One of such rarest & cruelest inhuman acts was recently done with an 8 year old Muslim girl in Kathua district of Jammu that outraged[Read More…]

April 27, 2018 Human Rights
Sikh Advocacy Group Raises Voice For Prof. G.N. Saibaba

Sikh Advocacy Group Raises Voice For Prof. G.N. Saibaba

Canada-based World Sikh Organization (WSO) has raised its voice for the disabled Delhi University Professor, who continues to be incarcerated under inhuman conditions. G.N. Saibaba – who is ninety percent disabled below his waist – is serving a life sentence after being convicted for being a supporter of the Maoist insurgents. His family and supporters believe that he is being[Read More…]

April 27, 2018 Human Rights
Gadchiroli: Security personnel show the guns recoverd from the Naxals killed in an encounter at Broriya forest area in Bhamragad taluka of Gadchiroli dustrict of Maharashtra on Sunday night. PTI Photo  (PTI4_23_2018_000069B)

No Encounter Happened in Gadchiroli on April 22nd 2018

The killings of at least 37 Maoists by the combined force of the CRPF and the C-60, the elite unit of the Gadchiroli Police, on 22nd and 23rd April 2018 raises some very disturbing questions about the state’s methods of conducting ‘encounters’. In the morning of 22nd April, 64 police and paramilitary personnel gunned down 16 Maoists in Karnasur jungle[Read More…]

April 25, 2018 Human Rights
Australia Shocked By Cricket Ball Tampering But Ignores Horrendous Australian Crimes From Child Abuse To Genocide

Australia Shocked By Cricket Ball Tampering But Ignores Horrendous Australian Crimes From Child Abuse To Genocide

  Australia has rightly reacted with shock and indignation to cricket ball tampering involving at least one quarter of the Australian cricket team – it is simply not cricket and is cheating. However US lackey, pro-Apartheid, neoliberal Mainstream Australia largely  ignores horrendous realities that indelibly stain the national reputation including endemic child abuse, endemic violence against women, horrendous preventable deaths,[Read More…]

April 24, 2018 Human Rights
10 Days, 6 Outrages: What This Says About AmeriKKKa

10 Days, 6 Outrages: What This Says About AmeriKKKa

April 3: University of Chicago Police shoot a Black/Asian student who is clearly having a mental health crisis and then charge him with assault. April 5: A young Black man convicted of burglary and theft is also found guilty of murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison for the death of his friend who was murdered by the police.[Read More…]

April 24, 2018 Human Rights
93 Years of Occupation And Ahwazi’s Suffering Continues

93 Years of Occupation And Ahwazi’s Suffering Continues

Ahwaz Arabia, whose geography extends from the Shatt al-Arab to the Jagin River in Jask, East of Jamberon (Bandar Abbas), but, since the occupation of Ahwaz on April 20, 1925, the Iranian regime changed the official name of Al-Ahwaz to several provinces such as Khuzestan, Bushehr, Elam, and Hermozgan. The inhabitants of Ahwaz are all Arabs, not the Persians, as[Read More…]

April 24, 2018 Human Rights
Murder of Morality

Murder of Morality

Co-Written by OS Rajaraman & Bonny John Most of India is still under the delusional impression that it’s a democracy. The bureaucrats, police officers and politicians who are part of the nation state wear uniforms/badges of nationalism which sub verses justice in a democracy. Democracy is no longer of equals. It has in fact reduced to become a power equation[Read More…]

April 24, 2018 Human Rights
Justice Rajinder Sachar Leaves The World With A Void

Justice Rajinder Sachar Leaves The World With A Void

Justice Rajinder Sachar (1923 –2018), the leading human rights activist who with his deep knowledge of law and contemporary social world is no more. Rajinder Sachar left the world at the age of 94 but before leaving he stamped the Indian society with his remarkable work mainly in the field of human rights, succeeded in bringing out the real condition[Read More…]

April 21, 2018 Human Rights
Is Euthanasia Legally And Morally Valid ?

Is Euthanasia Legally And Morally Valid ?

Is euthanasia legally and morally valid ? This question has been asked in India in different situations. In India, the status of euthanasia is no different. It was the Aruna Ramachandra Shanbaug case that got significant public attention and led the Supreme Court of India to initiate detailed deliberations on the long ignored issue of euthanasia The Constitution of India[Read More…]

April 21, 2018 Human Rights
Report Exposes the Strategy and Practice of the U.S. Border Patrol That Has “Disappeared” Thousands of Immigrants

Report Exposes the Strategy and Practice of the U.S. Border Patrol That Has “Disappeared” Thousands of Immigrants

“There is a crisis of disappearance in the Southwest borderlands.” With this introduction, a recent joint report by two humanitarian groups in Arizona—No More Deaths and La Coalición de Derechos Humanos—examines the connection between the policing strategy and practice of the U.S. Border Patrol today and what they describe as “the disappearance of tens of thousands of migrants and refugees[Read More…]

April 20, 2018 Human Rights
Civil Society Condemns Police Behaviour on the Protest in Kerala for Justice for Asifa

Civil Society Condemns Police Behaviour on the Protest in Kerala for Justice for Asifa

 Many members of the civil society all over India are pouring in to condemn the police action on the protesters for justice for Asifa. We are producing a joint statement issued by concerned citizens: `The Kerala police arrested close to a thousand people on April 16, 2018 in connection with the harthal seeking Justice for Asifa. Several youths have been[Read More…]

April 20, 2018 Human Rights
Rape As A Political Tool

Rape As A Political Tool

Human Rights Watch investigations in the former Yugoslavia, Peru, Kashmir, conflicts, whether international or internal in scope.  HRW found that rape of women civilians has been deployed as a tactical weapon to terrorize civilian communities or to achieve “ethnic cleansing,” a tool in enforcing hostile occupations, a means of conquering or seeking revenge. Yet rape in conflict or under repressive[Read More…]

April 18, 2018 Human Rights
IAPL condemns harassment of Advocate Surendra Gadling and Dalit activists in the name of ‘Search operations’

IAPL condemns harassment of Advocate Surendra Gadling and Dalit activists in the name of ‘Search operations’

In a shocking development, the Pune (Maharashtra) police today, April 17, 2018 at around 6.00 a.m. conducted simultaneous searches at homes of prominent activists in Maharashtra namely Sudhir Dhavale (Dalit activist, Republican Panthers), Harshali Potdar (Woman activist, Republican Panthers), Ramesh Gaychor, Jyoti Jagtap, Sagar Gorkhe, Rupali Jadhav and Dhawala Dhengle (all Kabir Kala Manch activists) in relation to the violence[Read More…]

April 17, 2018 Human Rights
Commemorating the anniversary of the 2005 April Intifada in Ahwaz

Commemorating the anniversary of the 2005 April Intifada in Ahwaz

Ahwazi Arab People Have Had Enough of being Oppressed by the Iranian Government On a regular basis, Ahwazi Arabs are being arrested, imprisoned, tortured and executed by The Ministry of Intelligence of the Islamic Republic of Iran (also known as Ettela’at). Demonstrators around the globe with peaceful demonstrations commemorating the anniversary of the 1925 occupation of Ahwaz and secondly, to[Read More…]

April 17, 2018 Human Rights
The Phenomenon of Bonded Labour

The Phenomenon of Bonded Labour

One of the few good things that emerged out of the Emergency imposed by Mrs. Indira Gandhi in 1975 was the Bonded Labour System(Abolition) Act of 1976 which replaced an ordinance of the same name which was enacted in 1975. In fact, eradication of bonded labour was one of the famous 20-point programme that Mrs. Gandhi implemented and monitored during[Read More…]

April 16, 2018 Human Rights
A Six-, Seven- or Eight-Step Program to End Racism

A Six-, Seven- or Eight-Step Program to End Racism

And if we don’t fight if we don’t resist if we don’t organize and unify and get the power to control our own lives Then we will wear the exaggerated look of captivity the stylized look of submission the bizarre look of suicide the dehumanized look of fear and the decomposed look of repression forever and ever and ever And[Read More…]

April 16, 2018 Human Rights
The 13th anniversary of the Ahwazi uprising

The 13th anniversary of the Ahwazi uprising

April 15, marks the thirteenth anniversary of the Ahwazi uprising that lasted for several weeks in various parts of Ahwaz and around 220 protestors were killed in the Intifada. And about 16,000 Ahwazi citizens were arrested and hundreds of Ahwazi fled outside Iran. The Ahwazi protested against the Iranian government’s policy of changing the demographics of the region, particularly after[Read More…]

April 16, 2018 Human Rights
Victims of Police Brutality

Victims of Police Brutality

Co-Written by Haider Ali and Zeeshan Ali New Delhi: Sartaj (40), a resident of North Delhi’s Mustafabad, was arrsted on the grounds of suspicion by the police. The police had been hunting for a man called Sartaj in cases of murder, dacoity and prostitution. However, for weeks their investigation had not yielded any result and then an informant nudged them[Read More…]

April 16, 2018 Human Rights
Quick Like A Deer, Chirping Like A Bird

Quick Like A Deer, Chirping Like A Bird

            Dear Asifa, It is not quite right that we meet like this…a girl like you so far away in cold Jammu and Kashmir and me down in the warm, tropical state of Kerala. It is not right because I would have loved to see the “chirping bird” that you were with nimble fingers and agile feet like a[Read More…]

April 15, 2018 Human Rights
Kathua Incident: Face of Hindutva Terror

Kathua Incident: Face of Hindutva Terror

Rape as a means of political subjugation has not been new in the country. It has always existed in politically sensitive areas. Incidents of rape as a political tool keep getting reported by human rights groups from the conflict prone areas in the country – whether in North-east or in Kashmir or Chhattisgarh. Rape has always been used as a[Read More…]

April 15, 2018 Human Rights
If Asifa Were The First, The Last or The Only One I Could Weep

If Asifa Were The First, The Last or The Only One I Could Weep

If Asifa were the first, the last or the only girl child to be tortured, raped, murdered, discarded like garbage, perhaps the callous that has formed around my life would not exist, and I could weep.  But she is not, and I do not want to weep but to make revolution against the patriarchy. If Asifa were the first, the[Read More…]

April 15, 2018 Human Rights
Seniors With Disabilities In Canada Join Free Saibaba Campaign

Seniors With Disabilities In Canada Join Free Saibaba Campaign

South Asian seniors residing at Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Assisted Living care home in Surrey have joined the chorus in support of physically challenged Delhi University Professor GN Saibaba. Wheelchair-bound Saibaba, who is ninety percent disabled below the waist, continues to serve a life term in the Maharashtra jail in India. Convicted for being an alleged supporter of Maoist[Read More…]

April 12, 2018 Human Rights
Over Sixty Organizations Release Poster Demanding  Freedom For Chandrashekhar Azad ‘Ravan’

Over Sixty Organizations Release Poster Demanding Freedom For Chandrashekhar Azad ‘Ravan’

Over sixty organizations have released a poster demanding the release of Dalit activist and Bhim Army leader Chandrashekhar Azad ‘Ravan’ who is incarcerated in Saharanpur jail. Azad is in prison since June 2017, put away as a threat to ‘national security’ for championing the cause of India’s Dalits – a community repeatedly subjected to racist violence, rape, inhumane untouchability practices,[Read More…]

April 11, 2018 Editor's Picks, Human Rights
The Indian Association of People’s Lawyers (IAPL) condemns the actions of the Kathua Bar Association

The Indian Association of People’s Lawyers (IAPL) condemns the actions of the Kathua Bar Association

 On Monday, lawyers from the Kathua Bar Association prevented members of the state police from filing a chargesheet in front of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, in the case of rape of an 8 year old girl from Rasana village in Jammu’s Kathua district. The lawyers in fact took pride in mobilising to prevent the police team from presenting the accused[Read More…]

April 11, 2018 Human Rights
Gauri Lankesh

Neutralizing The Messengers In India

  India continues to be a dangerous place for working journalists as the largest democracy in the globe has lost three journalists in mysterious accidents within the first three months of the year. Even the UN secretary general Antonio Guterres came out with a strong condemnation against the journo-killings and let the world know about India’s degraded index on safety[Read More…]

April 7, 2018 Human Rights
Saheed Vassell

Stephon Clark & Alton Sterling & Saheed Vassell: Police Murder, System Cover Ups & What Must Be Done Now!

  March 18: Stephon Clark—gunned down by two Sacramento, California cops who shot him eight times in his grandmother’s backyard; six times in the back, once in the side and once as or after he was falling down, according to an autopsy done by the young Black man’s family. March 27: The Louisiana attorney general announced that the cops who[Read More…]

April 6, 2018 Human Rights
Fight For Release Of Chandrashekhar Azad: Protests From 14 April 2018 Onwards

Fight For Release Of Chandrashekhar Azad: Protests From 14 April 2018 Onwards

14 April 2018 will mark the 127th birth anniversary of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar, one of India’s greatest social reformers and architect of the country’s Constitution. The day will also mark ten months in prison for Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan, one of Dr Ambedkar’s finest followers in contemporary India. Azad is the leader of Bhim Army – an organisation dedicated to spreading education among[Read More…]

April 3, 2018 Human Rights
Another Ahwazi prisoner tortured to death in prison

Another Ahwazi prisoner tortured to death in prison

Reports emerged on Wednesday that another Ahwazi Arab prisoner in Iran has died under torture in a regime prison, with horrific video footage showing marks left by torture all over his body after it was returned to his family.  Adding insult to injury, prison personnel warned the dead man’s family that they should not treat their loved one as a[Read More…]

March 31, 2018 Human Rights
Precarious Communications: Julian Assange, Internet Access and Ecuador

Precarious Communications: Julian Assange, Internet Access and Ecuador

Being a netizen, to use that popular term of sociological derivation, can be a difficult business. It presumes digital engagement, often of the sharper sort.  To become a fully-fledged member of such citizenry, however, presumes access, a degree of Internet speed and appropriate platforms. Absent those, then different forms of activism must be sought. Governments and authorities the world over[Read More…]

March 30, 2018 Human Rights
Abdullah Shrim "the Beekeeper"

The Beekeeper Rescuing Kidnapped Captives in Post-IS Kurdistan/Iraq

When first arriving in Kurdistan / Iraq in 2017; colleagues, students, friends and neighbors, and others averred pessimistically that the Islamic State (IS) wouldn’t go anywhere soon. Common retorts to my inquiries were “America wants the IS in Iraq,” “there is no more Iraq,” “there will never be peace in Iraq” were enervating and discouraging. Now in 2018, the Islamic[Read More…]

March 30, 2018 Human Rights
Please Protect Chandrashekhar Azad ‘Ravan’

Please Protect Chandrashekhar Azad ‘Ravan’

It is not enough for us to sign a petition to suggest Chandrashekhar Azad ‘Ravan’ to be released from prison. We must write essays so as to rally and encourage the people rejecting his imprisonment to protest in masse. Whenever I think about him, I start to get tears in my eyes. It is because I can’t imagine losing another[Read More…]

March 28, 2018 Human Rights
Facebook blocks Punjabi website that covers alternative politics

Facebook blocks Punjabi website that covers alternative politics

Facebook has blocked Punjab-based Suhi Sahver, a website that covers alternative politics, allegedly under pressure from supporters of the ruling Hindu nationalist Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). Its publisher and editor, Shiv Inder Singh, is a critic of religious fanaticism and is known for his progressive and secular views. He earlier used to give daily updates to a Vancouver-based Punjabi radio[Read More…]

March 28, 2018 Human Rights
Fact Finding Report on Rape and Murder of an eight year old girl Asifa in Kathua(Jammu)  

Fact Finding Report on Rape and Murder of an eight year old girl Asifa in Kathua(Jammu)  

         Pragatisheel Mahila Sangathan, Delhi sent a team to Kathua(Jammu region of J&K state) to Study  the situation which has developed after the rape and murder of a little 8 years old girl in Kathua District of Jammu and Kashmir. P.M.s was particularly astonished to read the news of gran organisation called  Hindu Ekta Manch coming into existencein favour of[Read More…]

March 26, 2018 Human Rights
Call For Release Of Chandrashekhar Azad ‘Ravan’ – India’s Malcom X!

Call For Release Of Chandrashekhar Azad ‘Ravan’ – India’s Malcom X!

We the following writers, film makers, artists, students, academics and social movements express our deep concern over the continued, unjust imprisonment of Dalit activist and Bhim Army leader Chandrashekhar Azad ‘Ravan’ by the Uttar Pradesh government. Azad is in prison since June 2017, put away as a threat to ‘national security’ for championing the cause of India’s Dalits – a[Read More…]

March 26, 2018 Editor's Picks, Human Rights
Vigil Held In Vancouver For The Victims of Chittisinghpura Massacre And Other Kashmiris Killed by Indian Forces

Vigil Held In Vancouver For The Victims of Chittisinghpura Massacre And Other Kashmiris Killed by Indian Forces

South Asian activists gathered at Holland Park in Surrey on the evening of Tuesday, March 20 to mark the 18th anniversary of Chittisinghpura massacre and subsequent incidents of state violence in Indian Kashmir. 36 Sikhs were massacred in the village of Chittisinghpura on March 20, 2000 close to then-US President Bill Clinton’s visit to India. The assailants wore Indian army[Read More…]

March 22, 2018 Human Rights
A Disheartening Week  For American Death Penalty Opponents

A Disheartening Week  For American Death Penalty Opponents

The US Supreme Court on Monday rejected a direct challenge to the the death penalty, refusing to hear an Arizona death row prisoner’s argument that it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. The court also refused to consider the constitutionality of Arizona’s capital sentencing system, under which nearly all convicted murderers are eligible for the death penalty.  In a statement,[Read More…]

March 21, 2018 Human Rights
Condemning The Inhuman Treatment Of Prof. GN Saibaba By The Maharastra Government

Condemning The Inhuman Treatment Of Prof. GN Saibaba By The Maharastra Government

Former Delhi University professor G.N. Saibaba and four others were sentenced to life imprisonment by the Gadchiroli sessions court in Maharashtra in 2014. He spent 14 months in jail before the Bombay High Court granted him bail for six months in July 2015 in view of his deteriorating health condition. He had to surrender and again go back to jail[Read More…]

March 17, 2018 Human Rights
Disabled And Unorganized Sector

Disabled And Unorganized Sector

  While the working conditions of disabled in organised sector has been addressed to some extent, the plight of unorganized sector disabled persons has not been addressed by the government. Even activists have not raised the issue to the extent it should have been raised. As per a survey carried out by National Sample Survey Organisation(NSSO) in 2009 -10 ,[Read More…]

March 16, 2018 Human Rights
Trump, Sessions Escalate Attacks on Sanctuary for Immigrants

Trump, Sessions Escalate Attacks on Sanctuary for Immigrants

Major immigration raids swept across Northern California recently. Hundreds of people were arrested and deported. As this nightmare was underway, Libby Schaaf, mayor of Oakland, went on the airwaves and alerted people of an impending Gestapo (oops, make that ICE) assault upon that city. Donald Trump, his attorney general Jeff Sessions, and other officials in the fascist regime he heads[Read More…]

March 15, 2018 Human Rights
Justice For Asifa, Kathua Rape And Murder Victim

Justice For Asifa, Kathua Rape And Murder Victim

As a group of women from Jammu and Kashmir, we express great anguish over the unjustifiable delay in the investigations into the heinous rape and murder of a minor eight year old Bakerwal girl, Asifa in Rassana village, Hiranagar, Kathua district. We are equally concerned over the excessive politicization and communalization of an incident which is clearly one of sexual[Read More…]

March 7, 2018 Human Rights, Kashmir
AFSPA Must Go

AFSPA Must Go

  Co-Written by Sheikh Attar and Palvi Singh Ghonkrokta The spate of civilian killings by military personnel in Kashmir continues unabated with the latest  killings at Shopian leading to a mass shutdown across the valley. The public outcry and call by separatists for mass protests is nothing new. Neither is the Army’s claim of an encounter, purportedly after the militants[Read More…]

March 7, 2018 Human Rights
Pakistani Authorities Torture Christian Youths Accused Of “Blasphemy”

Pakistani Authorities Torture Christian Youths Accused Of “Blasphemy”

The torture and abuse of two young Christian men, Patras and Sajid Masih, at the hands of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in the Pakistani city of Lahore late last month has sparked outrage among Christians across the country.  The two cousins’ ordeal began after Muslim supremacists accused one of them of violating Pakistan’s draconian “blasphemy” laws. The incident has[Read More…]

March 7, 2018 Human Rights
Media Under Modi: Challenges Before Free Press In The World’s So Called Largest Democracy

Media Under Modi: Challenges Before Free Press In The World’s So Called Largest Democracy

  I am here to make a case that India, which is known as the world’s so-called largest democracy is currently going through an era of self-imposed media censorship under a right wing Hindu nationalist Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) government. This has not only made the working environment of journalists in India extremely challenging, but the problem has spilled over[Read More…]

March 6, 2018 Human Rights
NCLP & Child Labour of Kolkata

NCLP & Child Labour of Kolkata

            The Government of India has been framed and introduced the National Child Labour Project as per the statutory provision of the Child Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) Act, 1986 aimed at prohibiting engagement of children below the age of fourteen in certain hazardous occupations and processes and regulating the conditions of service of such children engaged in other occupations and[Read More…]

March 5, 2018 Human Rights
Charlie Smith, Alan Dutton Honoured For Standing Up Against White Supremacy

Charlie Smith, Alan Dutton Honoured For Standing Up Against White Supremacy

The Georgia Straight Editor Charlie Smith and anti-racism educationist and activist Alan Dutton were honoured for standing up against white supremacy at the fourth annual Raise Your Hands Against Racism (RYHAR) campaign event held in Vancouver on Saturday afternoon. Launched by Spice Radio 1200 AM in 2015, the RYHAR encourages people to celebrate Holi – a Hindu festival of colours[Read More…]

March 5, 2018 Human Rights
Statement Protesting the Extra-Judicial Killings in Uttar Pradesh

Statement Protesting the Extra-Judicial Killings in Uttar Pradesh

The undersigned have been involved witha few publishing projects to do with the theme of state impunity, in India and more generally in South Asia. This projects have yielded severalbooks to date. Historians, sociologists, economists, lawyers, and civil rights and women’s rights activists across the country have contributed to these volumes. The research focused on India meticulously documentspecific instances of[Read More…]

March 3, 2018 Human Rights
Suicide By A Hungry Teen In The Times Of $ 1.7 Billion Loot By Tycoons

Suicide By A Hungry Teen In The Times Of $ 1.7 Billion Loot By Tycoons

In other times Jyoti could have gotten at least a little outrage for her, often all poor and the marginalized get in the country after such tragedies inflicted upon them. Alas, the country is busy over outraging the USD 1.7 billion fraud, and counting, that the Punjab National Bank has complained Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi of committing against it.[Read More…]

March 1, 2018 Human Rights
DACA Deadline Looms, 1.8 Million Lives at Stake— This Fascist Horror Must be Defeated!

DACA Deadline Looms, 1.8 Million Lives at Stake— This Fascist Horror Must be Defeated!

Noon, February 26. The US Supreme Court today declined to clear the way for the Trump regime to end DACA on March 5 and immediately begin deporting those whose DACA status has expired.   Two federal district judges ruled that DACA recipients should be allowed to renew their status while Trump’s order to end DACA is being appealed. This Supreme Court[Read More…]

February 27, 2018 Human Rights
Madhu’s Post-mortem Report Reveals Horrific Lynching; Denied Water As He Lay Dying

Madhu’s Post-mortem Report Reveals Horrific Lynching; Denied Water As He Lay Dying

The post-mortem report of the Adivasi youth, Madhu who was beaten to death by a mob at Attappady on Thursday for allegedly stealing rice, had suffered injuries from head to toes, including his internal organs, reveals the tale of a horrific lynching . There are injuries all over the body, including on the back of the head. A rib was[Read More…]

February 25, 2018 Human Rights
Condemn The Arrest of Advocate Upendra Nayak By Odish Police

Condemn The Arrest of Advocate Upendra Nayak By Odish Police

The Indian Association of People’s Lawyers condemns the arrest of peoples’ advocate Upendra Nayak by the Paralakhemundi police, Odisha on the night of 20th February 2018. He was produced before the Mohana, Gajapati Judicial Magistrate on 21st February and subsequently sent to R. Udaygiri Jail. Shockingly, he has been arrested in ten criminal cases under serious charges like sedition, waging[Read More…]

February 23, 2018 Human Rights
Adivasi Youth Beaten To Death In Kerala

Adivasi Youth Beaten To Death In Kerala

An adivasi youth Madhu (27) was beaten to death by settlers in the Adivasi heartland of Attapady, Kerala, for allegedly stealing food. The murderers took selfies with the victim and posted on social media. He was severely beaten on suspicion of stealing some rice from a provision store. After catching hold of him, the mob severely trashed him and then[Read More…]

February 23, 2018 Human Rights
Apartheid Israel’s Palestinian Genocide & Australia’s  Aboriginal Genocide Compared

Apartheid Israel’s Palestinian Genocide & Australia’s  Aboriginal Genocide Compared

  Coalition-ruled Australia is second only to Trump America as a supporter of  nuclear terrorist, democracy-by-genocide Apartheid Israel. The 2 countries have a common history of invasion with dispossession and ethnic cleansing of Indigenous people that continues with an ongoing Palestinian Genocide and an ongoing Australian Aboriginal Genocide that are both marked by a circa 10 year gap in life[Read More…]

February 20, 2018 Human Rights
Release Anti-Displacement Activist Damodar Turi

Release Anti-Displacement Activist Damodar Turi

PUDR condemns the arrest of anti-displacement activist and founder member of “Visthapan Virodhi Jan Vikas Andolan” (VVJVA) Damodar Turi, on February 15, 2018 at Ranchi, an hour after the “Loktantra Bachao Manch” (Save Democracy Forum) organized meeting had ended. He was not shown a warrant for his arrest and was presented before the Giridih Court next day and sent to[Read More…]

February 20, 2018 Human Rights
Julian Assange And His Doppelganger

Julian Assange And His Doppelganger

Walking along Hans Crescent every morning on my way to work, I stop briefly to look up at the balcony fronting the room which Julian Assange occupies in the Ecuadorian Embassy. I’ve been passing his place of residence for five years now and I’ve yet to catch a glimpse of him. What I do see though, are some of Her[Read More…]

February 19, 2018 Human Rights
Time to Honor Lucy Parsons for Black History Month

Time to Honor Lucy Parsons for Black History Month

“We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny.” — Martin Luther King Jr. “The world is my country.” — Thomas Paine. Why was Lucy Eldina Gonzales Parsons whitewashed, and that’s the right word for it, for so long out of US history and black history as well with all her high[Read More…]

February 19, 2018 Human Rights
“(B)lack Power Is Not The Question; Revolution Is. It Is Only The Fist That Is Black.”

“(B)lack Power Is Not The Question; Revolution Is. It Is Only The Fist That Is Black.”

As the Black Panther Party was struggling to gain a positive consensus, and political will of the oppressed masses all over the globe in later half of 1960s, and their organizational programme, and functioning was sending shivers down the spine of many white-supremacist organization like Ku Klux Klan as one of them. The fourth pillar of the democracy that is,[Read More…]

February 19, 2018 Human Rights
Vigil Held for Samjhauta Victims in Canada

Vigil Held for Samjhauta Victims in Canada

Despite freezing cold and wind, dedicated community activists showed up at the vigil organized in memory of the Samjhauta blast victims in Surrey on Sunday evening. On February 18, 2007 a bomb ripped through the Samjhauta rail express killing 68 people, mostly Pakistani Muslims. The train was started to help the families separated by the Indo Pak division in 1947[Read More…]

February 19, 2018 Human Rights
Free Chandrashekhar ‘Azad’

Free Chandrashekhar ‘Azad’

We, the undersigned citizens and civil society organisations of Mumbai, express our solidarity with the members of Bhim Army who have been working for the rights of Dalits in Sahranpur, Uttar Pradesh for the last two years. They have been advocating education for Dalits and running successful evening schools for them, besides raising a voice against atrocities. Apart from empowering[Read More…]

February 19, 2018 Human Rights
Condemn The Arrest of Damodar Turi by Jharkhand Police

Condemn The Arrest of Damodar Turi by Jharkhand Police

Persecuted Prisoners’ Solidarity Committee (PPSC) condemns the continued repression on activists and groups associated with people’s struggles in Jharkhand by the police and administration. Damodar Turi, a member of the Central Committee of Visthapan Virodhi Jan Vikas Andolan (VVJVA), was arrested in the evening on 15th February 2018 from Ranchi. He was arrested after he walked out of a public[Read More…]

February 16, 2018 Human Rights
Custodial Murder Of A Dalit Youth In Tamil Nadu

Custodial Murder Of A Dalit Youth In Tamil Nadu

Poor Dalits take so little from Society, But contribute so much to its ‘Development’ And pay such a huge price in the Process! Suresh @ MGR S/o Ganapathi, a Dalit youth from Gandhi Nagar, Orikkai, Kancheepuram is the latest victim of custodial murder. Suresh, who is around 33 years of age, is a lorry driver by profession. On 12th Feb.[Read More…]

February 15, 2018 Human Rights
 Domestic Violence: A Heinous Human Rights Violation in Private Space

 Domestic Violence: A Heinous Human Rights Violation in Private Space

Co-Written By Ashish Kumar Singh and Shirin Shabana Khan Domestic violence in simple terms can be defined as any kind of abusive behavior by the husband or male partner or their relatives (includes male and female relatives). It need not be physical abuse. It could also be verbal, emotional, sexual or economic abuse. The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence[Read More…]

February 14, 2018 Human Rights
Rise of Right Wing Nationalism Before Refugee Crisis In Europe And Human Rights Obligations of European Union

Rise of Right Wing Nationalism Before Refugee Crisis In Europe And Human Rights Obligations of European Union

Co-Written by Punsara Amarasinghe & Anastasia Glazova The roots of the refugee problem Europe currently facing has derived from aged long socio political disparities of people and its present condition is an offshoot of  the same serious of problems. Nevertheless the current hullabaloo in European Union on the influx of large number of asylum seekers was mainly emerged after the[Read More…]

February 12, 2018 Human Rights
Darkhuin cinema

Erasing Arab Identity: Iran Demolishes More Historical Sites In Ahwaz

  In January 2018, the Iranian regime ordered the demolition of another cherished artefact of Ahwazi heritage in the occupied Arab region of Ahwaz. Ahwazi activists reportedthat regime authorities ignored petitions submitted by local residents pleading with them not to destroy the 98-year-old cinema in Dar Khwain city to the west of the regional capital, with regime security forces, assisted[Read More…]

February 12, 2018 Human Rights
Rally Against Tytler And Others Involved In 1984 Anti-Sikh Massacre Held In Canada

Rally Against Tytler And Others Involved In 1984 Anti-Sikh Massacre Held In Canada

South Asian activists gathered at Holland Park in Surrey on Sunday evening to protest against Jagdish Tytler and other Congress leaders involved in the 1984 anti-Sikh massacre. Organized by the Indians Abroad for Pluralist India (IAPI), the rally was held in response to the recent disclosures made by the former union minister and senior Congress leader Jagdish Tytler. Tytler had[Read More…]

February 12, 2018 Human Rights
Asma Jahangir- An Exceptional Human Rights Activist Is No More

Asma Jahangir- An Exceptional Human Rights Activist Is No More

Asma Jahangir (1952-2018), the leading Human Rights activist of Pakistan who influenced generations of activists in South Asia is no more. She died in Lahore due to a cardiac arrest. A sad news for all those who has stood for the human rights protection and enhancement of the humane values in the contemporary world. Whenever any issue of human rights[Read More…]

February 12, 2018 Human Rights, South Asia
Canada’s Deep Systemic Racial Bias

Canada’s Deep Systemic Racial Bias

The news was released tonight (Friday, February 09) at about 18:30h that the jury in the trial of a Canadian farmer near Battleford, Saskatchewan found him not guilty for the murder of a young native, Colten Boushie. Boushie was killed August 09, 2016. The episode highlights, for those who care to examine the case, the underlying powerful racial prejudice that[Read More…]

February 11, 2018 Human Rights
Child Sexual Abuse: India Has Miles To Go

Child Sexual Abuse: India Has Miles To Go

Co-Written By Ashish Kumar Singh and Shirin Shabana Khan 2017-18 is witnessing a transition where not only the successful (mostly online) campaign #Me-too is shaking our psyche, but also imprisonment to Larry Nassar up to almost 300 years in different cases is painfully relieving for the majority of us. India’s attitude towards sexual abuse and child sexual abuse needs an[Read More…]

February 11, 2018 Human Rights
Two Journalists Face Trial In Ahwaz For Criticizing Education Officials 

Two Journalists Face Trial In Ahwaz For Criticizing Education Officials 

Two journalists in the Arab region of Ahwaz in Iran have been summoned to appear in a regime court after they condemned the deteriorating standards of education in the region, which are the worst in the country. The journalists, NaimHamidi and Sayed Nashan Al-Boshawka, both wrote articles criticizing the performance of the education directorate in Ahwaz, condemning the terrible conditions[Read More…]

February 10, 2018 Human Rights
The Facade Of Repatriation For The Rohingyas

The Facade Of Repatriation For The Rohingyas

  The 680,000 Rohingyas escaping from the jaws of death in Myanmar, to Bangladesh, were recovering from their traumatic experience, when the news of an agreement finalized by the governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh, caused a lot of concern and depression among them. Firstly, apart from the main “Citizenship” factor and unreasonable “verification procedure”, the humanitarian aspect was completely neglected;[Read More…]

February 9, 2018 Human Rights
Photo by Ben Sutherland

Why They Enter  Into Their Mothers’ Profession(Sex Trade)?

In a study of Commercial Female Sex Workers(CFSWs) of Bowbazar red-light area of Kolkata, it was found that 58% of them came from various oppressed castes originally residing in backward rural areas of West Bengal and Bangladesh driven to the trade by extreme poverty. Eleven percent of these, CFWSs were brought into this trade because their lovers or paramour trapped[Read More…]

February 8, 2018 Human Rights
Refugees ….. Are They A ‘Problem’ ?

Refugees ….. Are They A ‘Problem’ ?

We came here to find refuge They called us refugees So we hid ourselves in their language Until we sounded just like them…… J J BOLA … “Refuge” India has grappled with refugees many times in history. According to UNHCR there are about 31, 000 refugees registered with the organisation by the end of December 2014. In the 16/17 centuries[Read More…]

February 6, 2018 Human Rights
Negligence: The Iran Regime’s Passive Weapon To Eradicate Ahwazis

Negligence: The Iran Regime’s Passive Weapon To Eradicate Ahwazis

Since seizing power in the wake of the 1979 revolution, Iran’s theocratic regime has worked  tirelessly to effectively make the Ahwazi Arab population ‘non-people’ and eradicate their history, culture and existence.   This is achieved through what are effectively apartheid policies of racial discrimination, importing large numbers of ‘superior’ ethnically Persian settlers to the region; these policies are, of course, familiar,[Read More…]

February 4, 2018 Human Rights
Part-Time Mothering And Childhood

Part-Time Mothering And Childhood

The family is the basic social, cultural and economic unit of the society of India. ‘It was loaded with kin relations and the support system of the family protected from any sorts of problem in the family. Social bonding and social network are exemplary strong.’ But present global scenario breaks its structure and processes due to economy, unemployment and urban[Read More…]

February 4, 2018 Human Rights
Photo by Ben Sutherland

Children In A Differently Marginalized Community

Prostitution is historically oldest stigmatized profession throughout the world. There are about 25 types of sex work according to its nature and places of service. The brothel is one of the oldest forms.  It is the place of trade and shelter of commercial female sex workers (CFSWs). It is considered as ‘line bari’ (a house in front of which, CFSWs[Read More…]

February 2, 2018 Human Rights
Casteist And Sexist Harassment Of Prof Sujatha Surepally

Casteist And Sexist Harassment Of Prof Sujatha Surepally

As part of a fact-finding delegation of women representing various civil society organizations and women’s organizations, WSS held a press conference at 12.30 pm at Karimnagar press club on 2 January, 2017 and visited Satavahana University (SU). Context: On 25 December 2017, dalit bahujan students of Satavahana University in Karimnagar, Telangana, held an event outside the campus gate infront of[Read More…]

February 1, 2018 Human Rights
‘Whitewashing’ Genocide In Myanmar

‘Whitewashing’ Genocide In Myanmar

  Although the genocide of the Rohingya minority in Myanmar has gathered greater media attention in recent months, there is no indication that the international community is prepared to act in any meaningful way, thus leaving hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees stranded in border camps between Myanmar and Bangladesh. While top United Nations officials are now using the term[Read More…]

January 31, 2018 Human Rights
Enforced Disappearance: A Violence Behind Veil

Enforced Disappearance: A Violence Behind Veil

Co-Written by Advocate Syed Mujtaba and Inamul Haq In the global world, the terminology of war on terror has triggered intense debates about the role of security and liberty. The word security is enclosed with either as a governmental or exceptional practice. While is the case of liberty has been shrouded in salience. These two terms are closely looked by[Read More…]

January 31, 2018 Human Rights, Kashmir
Julian Assange Challenges Warrant For His Arrest As doctors Confirm Worsening Of His Health

Julian Assange Challenges Warrant For His Arrest As doctors Confirm Worsening Of His Health

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has asked a UK court to relinquish the arrest warrant that is keeping him confined to the Ecuadorian Embassy in Knightsbridge, London. If granted, he would be free to leave without fear of arrest, according to a spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). “Hypothetically, yes. That would be our interpretation,” he said. Assange would then[Read More…]

January 28, 2018 Human Rights
Urgently Needed—A BROAD Outpouring in Support of Immigrants!

Urgently Needed—A BROAD Outpouring in Support of Immigrants!

  Millions of immigrants, including 800,000 DACA recipients (“Dreamers,” undocumented immigrants brought here as children), were betrayed and dealt a very serious blow today when the Democrats caved in to the Republicans and voted to reopen the government. Already last Friday, top Democrat Senator Schumer, in trying to make a deal with Trump, agreed to link the fate of Dreamers[Read More…]

January 27, 2018 Human Rights
Institutional Murder And Gangrape Of A Minor Dalit Girl By Security Forces In Odisha

Institutional Murder And Gangrape Of A Minor Dalit Girl By Security Forces In Odisha

PUDR CONDEMNS INSTITUTIONAL MURDER AND GANGRAPE OF A MINOR DALIT GIRL BY SECURITY FORCES IN KUNDULI, ODISHA DEMANDS PROPER INVESTIGATION AND PROSECUTION PUDR grieves and rages at the suicide of the young girl from Kunduli, Koraput district on 22 January 2018, who succumbed to the failure of the State to guarantee justice and to secure the freedom of its citizens. On 10 October[Read More…]

January 27, 2018 Human Rights
On The Tragic Cost Of Delay In Rape Investigations

On The Tragic Cost Of Delay In Rape Investigations

The suicide of the minor dalit girl in Kunduli of Koraput district in Odisha on 22 January is a moment of reckoning for everyone fighting against the heinous crime of violence against women. She had accused four security personnel of gangrape on October 10, 2017. Very typical of incidence of sexual violence where the accused happen to be police, army[Read More…]

January 23, 2018 Human Rights
Kunduli Gang Rape Victim Commits Suicide

Kunduli Gang Rape Victim Commits Suicide

In a tragic turn of events the sensational October 10 kunduli gang rape victim, dalit minor girl, committed suicide at her house frustrated over the police inaction and investigation into the case. The victim girl was rescued in a critical condition from her house in Musaguda village and taken to the Kunduli Community Health Centre where the doctors declared her[Read More…]

January 23, 2018 Annihilate Caste, Human Rights
Sudan: Free Mohamed Satti And All Political Prisoners!

Sudan: Free Mohamed Satti And All Political Prisoners!

CWI supporter Mohamed Diaeldin Mohamed Satti, 21, known as “Hamudi”, is among the protesters who have been arrested by the Sudanese State last week, as part of the brutal response of Al Bashir’s regime to the ensuing wave of protests against skyrocketing prices and austerity. Hamudi’s arrest took place last Wednesday afternoon, as he participated in a peaceful march in central[Read More…]

January 23, 2018 Human Rights
41 Hearts Beating in Guantanamo

41 Hearts Beating in Guantanamo

  January 11, 2018 marked the 16th year that Guantanamo prison has exclusively imprisoned Muslim men, subjecting many of them to torture and arbitrary detention. About thirty people gathered in Washington D.C., convened by Witness Against Torture, (WAT), for a weeklong fast intended to close Guantanamo and abolish torture forever. Six days ago, Matt Daloisio arrived from New York City[Read More…]

January 13, 2018 Human Rights
Trump Administration To Deport 250,000 Salvadorians

Trump Administration To Deport 250,000 Salvadorians

  The Trump administration announced Monday, Jan 8, that it will end “temporary protected status” (TPS) that was first granted to Salvadorans nearly two decades ago. Roughly 263,000 people from El Salvador are covered by the program, which allowed the immigrants to stay and work in the United States legally. According to Gabe Ortiz of Daily Kos, with this marking[Read More…]

January 9, 2018 Human Rights
Mothers Of Disappeared Of Kashmir Ask For Justice 

Mothers Of Disappeared Of Kashmir Ask For Justice 

             I was recently talking to a mother , who is still waiting for his son’s return. Although she was not wailing, but her moist eyes was saying it all. The pain and agony was visible on his face. She has seen her son disappear before her eyes. She has tried everything, from going to army camps to police posts[Read More…]

January 9, 2018 Human Rights, Kashmir
Afghan Refugees Feeling The Heat As US-Pakistan Geopolitical Tensions Rise

Afghan Refugees Feeling The Heat As US-Pakistan Geopolitical Tensions Rise

Last week, the Pakistani government callously doubled down on its strategy of using Afghan refugees as pawns in its ongoing political dispute with Afghanistan when it refused to grant a long-term extension of their stay in Pakistan. Islamabad’s move will anger Kabul, which has struggled to absorb and reintegrate the massive influx of Afghans returning from Pakistan in recent years.[Read More…]

January 9, 2018 Human Rights
Egypt’s Executions Spree Alarms UN HR Commissioner

Egypt’s Executions Spree Alarms UN HR Commissioner

  The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed deep shock over the execution of 20 people in Egypt within one week, amid concerns that due process and fair trial guarantees did not appear to have been followed. According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Tuesday, January 2, five men who had[Read More…]

January 8, 2018 Human Rights
2017: Dreaded Year For Journalists In India

2017: Dreaded Year For Journalists In India

  As the year 2017 sets to bid adieu, India finds itself in an embracing situation with the annual statistics of 12 journalists either murdered or died in suspicious situations. The populous country, better known as the largest democracy in the globe, thus emerges as one of the hazardous place for media persons across the world after Mexico, Syria, Iraq,[Read More…]

December 30, 2017 Human Rights
 Activists Condemn The Ban Of Majdoor Sangathan Samiti By The Jharkhand Government

 Activists Condemn The Ban Of Majdoor Sangathan Samiti By The Jharkhand Government

We the undersigned, condemn (i) the illegal, unconstitutional and arbitrary ban under Section 16 of the draconian Indian Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1908 (CLAA)on Majdoor Sangathan Samiti (MSS), a 30 year old registered Trade Union, and (ii) the false cases impugned under Section 17 of CLAA against 10 office bearers of the MSS, by the Jharkhand government.The ban and FIR have[Read More…]

December 29, 2017 Human Rights
Express photo by Praveen Khanna

Demolition Of Blind Student Hostel – Inhumanity At Its Zenith

These days, lynching of dalits, muslins and other marginalised have become common. But, regrettably, even disabled and blind persons are not being spared. According to a report in dailypioneer.com on December23, 2017, the Delhi high court has sought reply from DDA on demolition of a hostel which left atleast 20 visually impaired persons left without a roof in winter. The[Read More…]

December 27, 2017 Human Rights
A Critical Analysis Of Human Rights: How Human Is Human Rights?

A Critical Analysis Of Human Rights: How Human Is Human Rights?

Introduction Human rights discourse has given voice to voiceless, empowering weak and vulnerable to fight for their rights around the world, however, there have been cases of misuse of human rights discourse by some powerful nations especially the West. For international politics as a discipline, the language of human rights has become increasingly important both in academic debate and political[Read More…]

December 26, 2017 Human Rights
Photo by timlewisnm

A Hug And Rethinking The Limitations On The Child Rights Commissions

“In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then He made School Boards.” — Mark Twain These words seem to carry relevance even today in the 21st century as it did back in 1897 when the author penned these words. On the 12th of this month, the High Court of Kerala passed an order against the Kerala State[Read More…]

December 26, 2017 Human Rights
International Human Rights Day And Kashmir

International Human Rights Day And Kashmir

International Human Rights Day is observed on 10th of December every year. It commemorates the day on which, the United Nations General assembly adopted the Universal deceleration of Human Rights. This year’s human day is devoted to the launch of a yearlong campaign for the 50th year anniversary of the two International Covenants on the human rights, known as International[Read More…]

December 26, 2017 Human Rights, Kashmir
Rohingyas Trapped In Cob-Web Of Dirty Politics

Rohingyas Trapped In Cob-Web Of Dirty Politics

  The Rohingya crisis reflects intention of the Myanmar government to forcibly oust the Muslims from Rakhine State. The brutal attack on unarmed civilians and placing of landmines along its border by Military in coordination with Border Guard Police and armed Rakhine Buddhists is the proof. Coastal area in Rakhine state is clearly of strategic importance to both China (0ne[Read More…]

December 23, 2017 Human Rights
The Commission Of Inquiry Report On The Kalinganagar Firing  Justifies State Violence On Citizens

The Commission Of Inquiry Report On The Kalinganagar Firing  Justifies State Violence On Citizens

  Bhubaneswar: Police firing on adivasis leading to 13 deaths in Kalinganagar on January 2, 2006 to acquire land for a private company to usher in industrialization had sent shock waves across the country. Today, it is equally painful and shocking to see the findings of the P K Mohanty Commission of Inquiry that was constituted to inquire into the[Read More…]

December 18, 2017 Human Rights
Ahwazis Protest Over Iran Regime’s Land, Water Theft

Ahwazis Protest Over Iran Regime’s Land, Water Theft

For the second week in a row, Ahwazi demonstrators poured into the streets across the Arab region of south-western Iran earlier this week to protest against the endemic abuse and injustice they are subjected to by the Iranian regime. The regime’s  worsening repression comes despite repeated warnings by officials over the devastating effects of its current policies of deprivation, land-theft[Read More…]

December 17, 2017 Human Rights
Recommendation For The Fissured Workplace In A Fragmented Society, Part I

Recommendation For The Fissured Workplace In A Fragmented Society, Part I

by Richard Martin Oxman and the Oxman Collective “The bad news: Your wages are declining. The worse news: Surveys documenting falling wage actually under-estimate how much your wages are declining.” — the opening to Pete Dolack’s You Are Working Harder And Getting Paid Less There’s something that can be done about what Dolack is complaining about above, but it must be done[Read More…]

December 16, 2017 Human Rights
Solidarity Meeting In London For GN Saibaba  and Chandrashekhar Azad

Solidarity Meeting In London For GN Saibaba  and Chandrashekhar Azad

On December 8, 2017, SOAS India Society of SOAS, University of London organised a public meeting to highlight and stand in solidarity with Professor GN Saibaba and Chandrashekhar Azad. Below is a solidarity statement released by the SOAS India Society: *** Prof. Saibaba who is a 90% disabled person and worked as an Assistant Professor at the Ram Lal Anand[Read More…]

December 15, 2017 Human Rights
 HUMAN RIGHTS And Human Rights And U.S. Rights

 HUMAN RIGHTS And Human Rights And U.S. Rights

  “Chomsky has provided irrefutable analysis on the U.S. continuous violation of human rights, both within and outside its own borders.” — from a lead in to a Democracy Now! interview with Noam Chomsky from 1998 Human Rights organizations today play a major part in international affairs. Human Rights Watch, for instance, works in ninety countries, including virtually all those[Read More…]

December 14, 2017 Human Rights
Porf G N Saibaba

BC Federation Of Labour Raises Voice For Saibaba

  The largest labour group of British Columbia has raised voice for the physically disabled Delhi University Professor being incarcerated in the Indian jail since March this year. On the International Human Rights Day, the BC Fed issued a statement calling upon the Canadians to sign petition seeking the release of wheelchair-bound Prof. GN Saibaba who was sentenced to life[Read More…]

December 11, 2017 Human Rights
Indramal Bai’s suicide – An Institutional Murder

Indramal Bai’s suicide – An Institutional Murder

At about 12:30 on 20th November, Indramal Bai, succumbed to her burns, and left us. Even before we were able to get this update ready, she left this world and those who loved her behind. Pushed to the tipping point, Indramal Bai, is one among many in the Pardhi community whose life has been lost because of systemic police torture[Read More…]

December 10, 2017 Human Rights
Outrage Over Brutal Assaults On Ahwazi Women Protesting Against Regime Land Theft

Outrage Over Brutal Assaults On Ahwazi Women Protesting Against Regime Land Theft

  Iranian regime security forces brutally assaulted defenseless Ahwazi Arab women protesting against the regime’s illegitimate confiscation of their families’ farmlands earlier this week, arresting many of the women whose only ‘crime’ was to demand justice.  The regime military personnel reportedly deliberately hit the women in the mouths and chests with batons and rifle butts. The regime forces’ horrific attacks[Read More…]

December 8, 2017 Human Rights
Abuse And Maltreatment Of Kashmiri Prioners

Abuse And Maltreatment Of Kashmiri Prioners

  The recent incident of  abuse  & inhuman treatment of Kashmiri prisoners inside Tihar Jail in Delhi, once again brings into focus the utter negligence & inertia displayed by UN to enforce its own rules governing treatment of political prisoners of around the world. In 1955,Ten years after its birth, United Nations, set  Standard minimum rules for the treatment of[Read More…]

December 8, 2017 Human Rights, Kashmir
Photo Courtesy - India Today

Chennai Floods And The Limits Of Compassion

The Chennai floods, two years ago – in 2015 – was a disaster of unprecedented intensity. By this week two years ago, we witnessed a bulk of stories where people risked their own lives to save the others in trouble. The state machinery failed to provide citizens the necessary support. At this juncture with the temporary dysfunction of the State,[Read More…]

December 7, 2017 Human Rights
Photo Courtesy- The Hindu

Amchang Eviction: Causality Of Conservation

  Capital is not equally shared; neither is nature. Our everyday life has become precarious, a life without stability. Spaces that we dwell in are increasingly questioned, mostly spaces that are home to the margins of the society. Such margins and spaces that they dwell in were for a long time considered ‘non-economic’ zones, which lacked interest of movements of[Read More…]

December 6, 2017 Human Rights
 The Art of Keeping Guantánamo Open : What the Paintings by Its Prisoners Tell Us About Our Humanity and Theirs 

 The Art of Keeping Guantánamo Open : What the Paintings by Its Prisoners Tell Us About Our Humanity and Theirs 

We spent the day at a beach in Brooklyn. Skyscrapers floated in the distance and my toddler kept handing me cigarette filters she had dug out of the sand. When we got home, I checked my email. I had been sent a picture of a very different beach: deserted, framed by distant headlands with unsullied sands and clear waters. As[Read More…]

December 4, 2017 Human Rights
The Politics Of Eviction In Assam

The Politics Of Eviction In Assam

A year back the newly elected government in Assam started an eviction drive to free government land of illegal encroachers. While it started with Kaziranga, very soon such drives were carried out all over the state. The government initiative led to a mixed response from people. While many hailed it as a required initiative to save forest land and ensure[Read More…]

December 2, 2017 Human Rights
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100 Freedom Activists Call For Investigation Of Ahmed Mola’s Assassination

Ahwazi Arab political activist Ahmed Mola – Press Photo More than 100 Ahwazi Arab, regional and international freedom activists and writers have called for an inquiry into the assassination of distinguished Ahwazi leader and political right activist Ahmed Mola, who was assassinated in The Hague on November 8th.  The Iranian regime, which had threatened Mola on a number of occasions[Read More…]

December 1, 2017 Human Rights
Palestinian Genocide–imposing Apartheid Israel Complicit In Rohingya Genocide, Other Genocides & US, UK & Australian State Terrorism

Palestinian Genocide–imposing Apartheid Israel Complicit In Rohingya Genocide, Other Genocides & US, UK & Australian State Terrorism

  Apartheid Israel is intimately involved in Aung San Suu Kyi-led Myanmar’s Rohingya Genocide through supply of advanced gunboats and armaments as well as military training to genocidal Burmese forces in Rakhine state. Palestinian Genocide–imposing Apartheid Israel has similarly been involved in the Maya Indian Genocide in Guatemala, Sri Lankan Tamil Genocide, South Sudan Civil War, Syrian Genocide, Iraqi Genocide,[Read More…]

November 30, 2017 Human Rights
Ahwazi Activists Cling To Hope As Iranian Regime Persecution Worsens

Ahwazi Activists Cling To Hope As Iranian Regime Persecution Worsens

  Ahwazi Arab activists incarcerated in Iran’s infamous prisons are facing all forms of torture, persecution, and oppression at the hands of prison staff in punishment for supporting freedom, according to reports smuggled out. The Iranian regime has been launching crackdowns even more brutal than usual against activists in the region and across Iran, fearing an uprising, with the people[Read More…]

November 30, 2017 Human Rights
Release Akhil Gogoi And Chandrasekhar Ravan

Release Akhil Gogoi And Chandrasekhar Ravan

Akhil Gogoi, the leader of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti of Asom, and Chandrasekhar of Bhim Sena in Western Uttar Pradesh have been under detention for many months now. Akhil was arrested on 13 September under sedition charges by the BJP government of the state. On 25 September a total of 122 cases against him were clubbed together under the National[Read More…]

November 30, 2017 Human Rights
A Decent Shelter For India’s Homeless

A Decent Shelter For India’s Homeless

One of the most challenging problems of our times is homelessness. While we continue to record improvements in dealing with poverty, homelessness has been plagued with an unimaginative response from policy pundits.The apathetic approach of successive governments is symptomatic of the disease that ails India’s housing system. Housing is often the bedrock of other development interventions: owning land boosts health[Read More…]

November 28, 2017 Human Rights
The Violent Conclusion: Manus Island And The Clearing of Lombrom Naval Base

The Violent Conclusion: Manus Island And The Clearing of Lombrom Naval Base

It was another etching in a chronicle of extended violence.  For days, resistance by refugees and asylum seekers against forced removal from the Lombrom Naval Base on Manus Island had taken very public form.  Images of defiance and distress were receiving international attention.  With no electricity, with water supplies destroyed, things were getting dire. As the weekend dawned, PNG officials[Read More…]

November 26, 2017 Human Rights
Nearly 200 Million Are Modern Slaves or Child Laborers

Nearly 200 Million Are Modern Slaves or Child Laborers

According to a report by the United Nation’s International Labour Organization, nearly 200 million people are victims of modern slavery or child labor around the globe. In 2016, 40.3 million men, women and children were victims of modern slavery. Nearly one in ten children, or 151.6 million people, are victims of child labor. The report defines “modern slavery” as “the various forms[Read More…]

November 20, 2017 Human Rights
The Veiled Threat:  Australia’s Campaign Against New Zealand Refugee Policy

The Veiled Threat:  Australia’s Campaign Against New Zealand Refugee Policy

Another twist in the farce over the stained treatment of refugees on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island has surfaced.  New Zealand has been insisting for some time that it is more than willing to welcome some 150 to its shores. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, much to the irritation of Australia’s Turnbull government, has been particularly enthusiastic. Australia has remained resolutely[Read More…]

November 20, 2017 Human Rights
The Right To Life Of Ahmed Mola And The Netherlands’ Obligations

The Right To Life Of Ahmed Mola And The Netherlands’ Obligations

Ahmed Mola Nissi  The right to life, liberty and security of person have been asserted under Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 6 and 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political rights (ICCPR) and Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Without a doubt, the right to life is one of the[Read More…]

November 18, 2017 Human Rights
Arbitrary Detention Of Mr. Chandrashekhar Ravan Makes A Mockery Of The Rule Of Law By The UP State Government

Arbitrary Detention Of Mr. Chandrashekhar Ravan Makes A Mockery Of The Rule Of Law By The UP State Government

Mr. Chandrashekhar Ravan, the founder of the Bhim Army remains in custody despite the Allahabad High Court granting him bail in all the cases registered against him. Ravan is in custody because of the Government of Uttar Pradesh has registered a case against him under the provisions of the draconian, National Security Act, 1980. The NSA provides for ‘preventive detention’,[Read More…]

November 14, 2017 Annihilate Caste, Human Rights
Kondasawali Massacre: NHRC Pulls Up Chhattisgarh State

Kondasawali Massacre: NHRC Pulls Up Chhattisgarh State

In 2013, the villagers of Village Kondasawali, Police Station Jagargunda, district Sukma, Bastar Divison, Chhattisgarh had lodged a complaint with the Collector regarding the fact that a few years before that, in 2007, some SPOs and Salwa Judum leaders had come to their village, burnt 95 huts in three settlements in their panchayat, killed 7 people, and threatened the villagers[Read More…]

November 12, 2017 Human Rights
Migration: The Whole World Is Changing For Good

Migration: The Whole World Is Changing For Good

  Waves of anger, fear and open hostility have greeted the influx of refugees and migrants from the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Some have reached levels of paranoia and xenophobic violence that have resulted in death. Across Europe politicians hurry to build “Fortress Europe” but the flood of humanity threatens to bring down the walls. Predictions of the change[Read More…]

November 11, 2017 Human Rights
Do Not Endanger The Life Of Chandrashekhar Ravan, Revoke NSA And Release Him NOW

Do Not Endanger The Life Of Chandrashekhar Ravan, Revoke NSA And Release Him NOW

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) expresses its deep concern over the inhuman and degrading treatment being meted out to Dalit rights activist Chandrashekhar Ravan by the government of Uttar Pradesh. Last reported, Mr. Ravan, was rushed to the Lala Lajpat Rai Memorial Medical College from Saharanpur on Nov 8, 2017 for ‘stomach infection’. Mr. Ravan, completely healthy at the[Read More…]

November 9, 2017 Annihilate Caste, Human Rights
Prominent Ahwazi Activist Killed In The Hague

Prominent Ahwazi Activist Killed In The Hague

The distinguished Ahwazi Arab political activist, Ahmad Mola, was brutally murdered outside his home in the Netherlands on Wednesday. Although some reports claim that the killers were apprehended, there has been no official confirmation, with other reports suggesting that they escaped. Fifty-four-year-old Mola, who is survived by his wife and five children, fled Iran with his family in 2005 in[Read More…]

November 9, 2017 Human Rights
Code On Wage Bill 2017- A Proposed Legislation Violating The Rights Of The Workers

Code On Wage Bill 2017- A Proposed Legislation Violating The Rights Of The Workers

People’s Union for Democratic Rights has long been drawing attention to egregious violation of rights of workers governed under various labour laws. Most important of these rights is the fundamental right to form trade union, so as to engage in collective wage negotiations and to ensure that conditions on shop floor do not become tyrannical. Ever since the economic reforms[Read More…]

November 9, 2017 Human Rights
Fact Finding Team’s Report On Garib Nagar (Bandra East) Fire and Demolitions

Fact Finding Team’s Report On Garib Nagar (Bandra East) Fire and Demolitions

This is a report of the four-member fact finding team constituted by Committee for Protection of Democratic Rights (CPDR) to inquire into the demolition of homes in Garib Nagar, Bandra East between 26th October and 2nd November 2017 and the eruption of major fire in the same basti on 26th October. The Fact Finding Team members were Adv. Suresh Rajeshwar,[Read More…]

November 8, 2017 Human Rights
Brutality Against Ahwazi Prisoners In Iranian Jails

Brutality Against Ahwazi Prisoners In Iranian Jails

Unimaginable brutality in Iranian regime’s prisons unveiled by an escaped Ahwazi political prisoner Ghazi Haidari is drowning in his own blood.  The prominent Ahwazi  writer, historian and activist from Arab Ahwaz region in the south and south-west of  Iran was imprisoned and brutally tortured by the regime there for the ‘crime’ of human rights advocacy. Although he managed to escape[Read More…]

November 8, 2017 Human Rights
Rehabilitation Of Wang-Marathwadi Dam Affected Families Approved!

Rehabilitation Of Wang-Marathwadi Dam Affected Families Approved!

The Enduring Peaceful Struggle for the rehabilitation of the Wang-Marathwadi dam oustees has succeeded at last! According to the Directives issued by the Water Resources Department, Government of Maharashtra on October, 31st, 2017, to the Executive Director, Maharashtra Krishna Valley Development Corporation, shall Rehabilitate the of Wang Marathwadi Dam Affected Families above the Reservoir Fringe and shall grant them cash[Read More…]

November 6, 2017 Human Rights
Cancellation Of Ration Cards For Not Linking With Aadhaar: Legal Action Sought Against Chief Secretary Jharkhand

Cancellation Of Ration Cards For Not Linking With Aadhaar: Legal Action Sought Against Chief Secretary Jharkhand

Right to Food Campaign activists of  Jharkhand have written an open letter to Ajay Bhushan Pandey CEO, Unique Identification Authority of India on the cancellation of Ration Cards because they were not linked to Aadhaar cards.  Large numbers of ration cards were recently cancelled in Jharkhand because they had not been linked with Aadhaar. To Ajay Bhushan Pandey CEO, Unique Identification Authority of[Read More…]

November 6, 2017 Human Rights
Stop Targeting NGOs And Minority Organisations: Leaders And Scholars Demand The Central Government

Stop Targeting NGOs And Minority Organisations: Leaders And Scholars Demand The Central Government

A group of renowned leaders and scholars from different backgrounds, in a joint statement issued in New Delhi today demanded the central government to protect the freedom of association guaranteed by our constitution to all sections of society and to refrain from targeting any organization or group as part of political agenda. They have strongly demanded to stop demonizing Social[Read More…]

November 5, 2017 Human Rights
Ashraf Ali along with his daughters an octogenarian mother
at his residence in 1 No. Sonjauli village of Dimakuchi in Udalguri of Assam on Thursday.

Genuine Indian Citizens, Released From Detention Camp After SC Order

UDALGURI,Assam November 3: The concerned authorities in Assam assigned to detect and deport illegal immigrants mostly Bangladeshis appears to be on an overdrive when it comes to branding Indian nationals as ‘foreigners’ not only brandishing their power tool to harass genuine Bengali speaking people but even Hindi-speaking people whose ancestors migrated from Bihar,Uttar Pradesh decades back to Assam.Can one imagine[Read More…]

November 4, 2017 Human Rights
Shantanu Bhowmick

The ‘Undeclared Emergency’ And The State Of Media In India

As Henry Grunwald puts it “Journalism can never be silent, that is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault”. But what can be more distressing for a democracy than silencing this critical weapon often termed as its fourth pillar? In the last half a decade Indian media has been rattled by the death of some prominent journalistic voices -allegedly by[Read More…]

November 1, 2017 Human Rights
Do Not Forget The Anti-Sikh Pogrom of 1984!

Do Not Forget The Anti-Sikh Pogrom of 1984!

31 October 2017 – thirty three years have passed since the anti-Sikh pogrom carried out in Delhi between 31st October and 4th November 1984, following the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh body guards.  The official figure of those massacred in the violence stands at 2700, while according to unofficial estimates it is closer to 4000 in[Read More…]

November 1, 2017 Human Rights
Kathputli Colony Demolition: One Year Old Child Dies

Kathputli Colony Demolition: One Year Old Child Dies

A child has lost its life during Delhi Development Authority’s demolition drive in Delhi Kathputli Colony, in West Delhi. One year old son of Jitu and Pooja, Aryan died late in the evening of 31st October. Yesterday, child’s house was destroyed by the authorities and the child and the parents stayed in the cold at night. It is believed that[Read More…]

October 31, 2017 Human Rights
Kathputli, Artist’s Colony Demolished In Delhi: Thousands Rendered Homeless, Death Of Democracy!

Kathputli, Artist’s Colony Demolished In Delhi: Thousands Rendered Homeless, Death Of Democracy!

In the two days demolition drive by Delhi Development Authority (DDA) in assistance with Delhi Police demolished more than 1000 houses at Kathputli Colony, in West Delhi on October 30th and October 31st 2017. During the demolition, Police lathicharged on the residents mercilessly and also shot some Tear gas on them. On the basis of a Public Notice served on[Read More…]

October 31, 2017 Human Rights
Murder Of Democracy In Kathputli Colony, Houses Demolished, People Beaten Up, Annie Raja Injured

Murder Of Democracy In Kathputli Colony, Houses Demolished, People Beaten Up, Annie Raja Injured

In the heart of the country’s capital, DDA and police forces murdered democracy; forcibly demolished houses and beaten up people in Kathputli Colony. National Federation of Indian Women’s Annie Raja got gravely injured and is currently admitted in RML hospital. Women and youths were lathicharged mercilessly by DDA and Police officials, while residents scrambled to save their belongings from the[Read More…]

October 30, 2017 Human Rights
Chaos On Manus Island

Chaos On Manus Island

There are standoffs, threats and continuing tensions over the imminent closure of the Manus Island Detention Centre. (The politically palatable term here is “processing centre”.)  This closure, instigated by legal ruling by the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court in April 2016, has led to a degree of window dressing, prevarication and stalling by all parties connected with the institutionalised barbarism[Read More…]

October 30, 2017 Human Rights
‘Love-Jihad’, NIA, And Democratic Rights

‘Love-Jihad’, NIA, And Democratic Rights

As the Hadiya-Shefin matter comes up for hearing today, PUDR urges the Apex court to take note of the serious violation of democratic rights of the parties involved in this so-called case of ‘Love-Jihad’. PUDR believes that the case is being used in order to provide legitimacy to the supposed presence of ‘Love-Jihad’ or ‘terror marriages following conversion to Islam’[Read More…]

October 30, 2017 Human Rights
Dr G.N Saibaba’s Life In Danger: Writes, He May Not Survive The Winter Months

Dr G.N Saibaba’s Life In Danger: Writes, He May Not Survive The Winter Months

Dr G.N.Saibaba Professor at Delhi University and now in solitary confinement in Nagpur Central Jail has spoken out for help. Saibaba 90 per cent disabled and suffering from multiple ailments, wrote this letter to his wife Vasantha that he might not be able to survive the winter months in jail. He has been convicted under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act[Read More…]

October 29, 2017 Human Rights
Rohingya Refugee with children, injured by Burmese mob on the way to Bangladesh, at No-man's land in Bangladesh-Myanmar border, Bangladesh. Photo: © Abu Ala

Rohingyas: A Photo Essay From A Refugee Camp In Bangladesh

21-22 September 2017; Tambru, Myanmar-Bangladesh border and Rohingya refugee camp in Ukhia, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh: ‘Refugee camps’ of sorts or just make shift shelters of “Rohingya” minorities of Myanmar, who have fled the genocide and ethnic cleansing perpetrated by the Myanmar army and majority population, have sprung up along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border. These camps are stretching from just outside of[Read More…]

October 28, 2017 Human Rights
Alleged Gang Rape Of A Minor Girl By Security Force Personnel

Alleged Gang Rape Of A Minor Girl By Security Force Personnel

On 10th of October, a case of gang rape on a minor girl from Patangi area of Koraput district of Odisha was reported in the media.  The victim girl belongs to the dalit community and according to her allegations the alleged rapists were in uniform put on by security forces and were carrying guns.  The incident caused massive reactions from[Read More…]

October 26, 2017 Human Rights
Ahwazi community in Berlin protest EU’s silence on ongoing human rights abuses in  Ahwaz

Ahwazi community in Berlin protest EU’s silence on ongoing human rights abuses in Ahwaz

On Friday, October 20, a mass demonstration organized by Europe’s Ahwazi community took place in Berlin, Germany. This protest entitled “we will not forget about you” demanded that the German government, headed by Chancellor Angela Merkel, intervene immediately regarding Iran’s increasingly oppressive human rights violations against the Arab people of occupied Ahwaz. The demonstrators consisted of Ahwazi Arab diaspora and[Read More…]

October 21, 2017 Human Rights
 Pardon Me

 Pardon Me

  A man was starving in Capri; He moved his eyes and looked at me; I felt his gaze, I heard his moan, And knew his hunger as my own. — from Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Renascence A pardon is an executive forgiveness of crime; commutation is an executive lowering of a given penalty. A pardon wipes out the conviction while[Read More…]

October 19, 2017 Human Rights
Three More Aadhaar Linked Starvation Deaths Reported In Karnataka: Fact Finding Report

Three More Aadhaar Linked Starvation Deaths Reported In Karnataka: Fact Finding Report

The New Indian Express on 16th July 2017 carried a report that three members of a Dalit family died within 15 days in Gokarna district, due to starvation. It was further stated in the report that the deceased possessed BPL cards but did not get ration since April, as they did not have Aadhaar numbers, however, the District Commissioner denied[Read More…]

October 19, 2017 Human Rights
Permanent Fire Cracker Ban

Permanent Fire Cracker Ban

The Supreme Court has banned sale of fire crackers in Delhi NCR. The news item then narrates that many will lose jobs as they are employed by the fire cracker industry. 85 % of fire crackers are manufactured at Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu. As per the report, more than 3 lakhs employees are employed in making fire crackers & nearly 5 lakhs in ancillary industries[Read More…]

October 18, 2017 Human Rights
The Missing Cases Of Humanity, Compassion And Justice In Pakistan

The Missing Cases Of Humanity, Compassion And Justice In Pakistan

  This is not about justice or injustice, humanity or inhumanity, compassion or cruelty in a non-Islamic country Canada where I live where the true principles of Islam are being upheld in spirit; it is about injustice, inhumanity and cruelty in an Islamic country: Pakistan. I’ve chosen the media platform of countercurrents to publish this short article as I believe[Read More…]

October 17, 2017 Human Rights
The Blood That Flows Within

The Blood That Flows Within

  “If a captive mind is unaware of being in prison, it is living in error. If it has recognized the fact, even for the tenth of a second, and then quickly forgotten it in order to avoid suffering, it is living in falsehood. Men of the most brilliant intelligence can be born, live and die in error and falsehood. In them, intelligence is neither a good, nor even an asset. The difference between more or less intelligent men[Read More…]

October 14, 2017 Human Rights
Dalit Girl Paraded As ‘Thief’ In Nepal

Dalit Girl Paraded As ‘Thief’ In Nepal

This week Just Asia begins with Nepal, where a distressing case of caste discrimination saw a 14-year-old Dalit girl paraded in Belbari Municipality-2 of Morang district with shoes around her neck, soot smeared on her face, and the tag of ‘thief’ stuck on her body. She was also beaten with nettle greens, causing her body to swell. Although the police[Read More…]

October 13, 2017 Human Rights
Gang-Rape At Gun Point Of A Minor Girl By Men In Uniform In Odisha

Gang-Rape At Gun Point Of A Minor Girl By Men In Uniform In Odisha

It is a matter of great concern that on 10th October 2017, a minor girl aged about 14 years, a student of government run Sorisapada residential school for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe was allegedly gang-raped at gunpoint by a group of four persons in security uniform in a forest area near Lenjiguda village in Potangi Police Station limit under Koraput district. This inhuman and barbaric incident has appeared in all mass electronic as well as print media, which has shocked and annoyed the concerned citizens of the Society.

October 13, 2017 Human Rights
Habib Jaber the head of the Arab struggle for the liberation of Ahwaz

Interview With The Leader Of The Arab Struggle Movement For The Liberation of Ahwaz

Habib Jaber, the head of the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz, has been interviewed on the Saudi TV station “alekhbariya” where he spoke about the movement, its struggle, and the future vision for it, and the Iranian regime. _____________________________ Between revolution and reformation, there is always an unstable period of time where the direction of the movement[Read More…]

October 13, 2017 Human Rights
 Incendiary Incarceration

 Incendiary Incarceration

  “I shall never forget how I was roused one night by the groans of a fellow prisoner, who threw himself about in his sleep, obviously having a horrible nightmare…. I wanted to wake the poor man. Suddenly I drew back the hand which was ready to shake him, frightened at the thing I was about to do…. No dream,[Read More…]

October 12, 2017 Human Rights
Bangladesh, Buddhist Myanmar, and Muslim Rohingyas: Is Prime Minister Hasina Hopelessly Deserted by Her Immediate Neighbors?  

Bangladesh, Buddhist Myanmar, and Muslim Rohingyas: Is Prime Minister Hasina Hopelessly Deserted by Her Immediate Neighbors?  

     Heigh-ho! sing, heigh-ho! unto the green holly:  Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly:      Then, heigh-ho, the holly!        This life is most jolly. (Shakespeare’s As You Like It) Muslim Rohingyas, after their centuries-old native and independent Arakanempire, now the Rakhine state that belongs to the militant Buddhist Myanmar, have been subject to a brutal ethnic cleansing for[Read More…]

October 9, 2017 Human Rights
Rohingya refugees wait for the food to be distributed by local organisations near Balukhali makeshift refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, September 13, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Violence & Peace Are Not Defined By Religion

A couple of weeks ago I was in Dhaka, Bangladesh, it was at the time when several news agencies were reporting the Rohingya crisis unfolding in Myanmar.  There was social media frenzy around the atrocities by the Myanmar security forces and the radio silence from Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. This international uproar was a result of 100,000s[Read More…]

October 7, 2017 Human Rights
Boat capsize kills 60 Rohingya

Boat capsize kills 60 Rohingya

This week Just Asia begins with the death of 60 Rohingya in a boat capsize off Bangladesh on September 28, as they were fleeing violence in Burma. A UN spokesman said 23 people were confirmed dead and 40 more were “missing and presumed drowned”. Dozens of Rohingya have already died trying to cross into Bangladesh amid a military crackdown in[Read More…]

October 6, 2017 Human Rights
The Crisis Of The Educated And Civilised Society In Kerala: From Kamla Surayya To Hadiya

The Crisis Of The Educated And Civilised Society In Kerala: From Kamla Surayya To Hadiya

Well known writer, Kamla Surayya was born in a conservative Nair Hindu family (Nalappat) in 1934. She embraced Islam in 1999 at the Age of 65 and changed her name from Kamla Das to Kamla Surayya. Many conservative Hindu sections became totally contemptuous to her for this behaviour. The Sangh Parivar accusations and attacks on her went on till her[Read More…]

October 5, 2017 Human Rights
I’m A Rohingya, Am I Not A Human Being?

I’m A Rohingya, Am I Not A Human Being?

I do not have a coffin to shroud my dead son, how can I wear a black flag of ISIS to terrorise you country? With all the strength I am left with, I plead and advocate that I too am a human being. Do not ask me my creed, my colour, my religion, my caste and my decent and I[Read More…]

October 3, 2017 Human Rights
Are Rohingyas A Threat or Victims Of Hatred?

Are Rohingyas A Threat or Victims Of Hatred?

In the recent past, Government of India has tried to construct an argument that Rohingyas are a security threat to the Nation. Home Ministry has tried to indicate that Rohingyas pose security challenge and are recruited by terror groups. This point has been used to state that they need to be deported. RSS chief Mohan Bagawat the ideological mouthpiece of[Read More…]

October 2, 2017 Human Rights
The UN Minces Words, An International Tribunal Declares Genocide, And Evil On Film

The UN Minces Words, An International Tribunal Declares Genocide, And Evil On Film

  The UN Security Council held its first meeting on Rohingya in nine years last Thursday (September 28, 2017).  The language was harshly critical of Myanmar.  Secretary General Antonio Guterres described the situation as a “human rights nightmare” and “urged Myanmar to end its military operations”.  The number of Rohingya refugees has meanwhile mushroomed to more than 500,000.  All the[Read More…]

October 2, 2017 Human Rights
Two Shocking Indian Rape Judgments

Two Shocking Indian Rape Judgments

This week Just Asia begins with two shocking judgments in India, in two different cases of sexual assault. In the first, the Punjab and Haryana High Court suspended the sentences of three law students convicted of raping and blackmailing their female classmate, on the basis of unrelated and irrelevant aspects of the survivor’s lifestyle. In the second judgment, the Delhi[Read More…]

September 29, 2017 Human Rights
Photo courtesy of Greg Constantine

Myopia And Mayhem Running Amok In Myanmar

Indications are that leaders in both the adjacent countries have one factor in common: they’ve got caught in a cleft stick. The world has witnessed numerous “cleansing operations” but rarely has it seen the unabashed capitulation of someone who was honored with the highest accolade and had the support of a wide range of people across regions. Whether it’s a[Read More…]

September 29, 2017 Human Rights
Hitler, Churchill, Trump, Aung San Suu Kyi & Genocidal Intent To Destroy

Hitler, Churchill, Trump, Aung San Suu Kyi & Genocidal Intent To Destroy

  The UN Genocide Convention defines genocide as “acts committed with intent to destroy in whole or in part”. Hitler sought and effected “removal” and “annihilation” of the Jews, Churchill hated and thence deliberately starved 7 million Indians to death, and both sought to cover it up. In 2017 Trump vows to “to totally destroy North Korea”, Aung San Suu[Read More…]

September 29, 2017 Human Rights
Mr. Xi Jinping, Take A  Look At This Photo

Mr. Xi Jinping, Take A  Look At This Photo

I urge you, Mr. Xi Jinping, President of Peoples’ Republic of China to take a good look at this photo. Do you see what I see? I see the agony. I see sadness. I also see numerous questions in the eyes of these Rohingya kids that are asking – why are we here, why our parents are not with us,[Read More…]

September 27, 2017 Human Rights
South Asians Hold Rally For Rohingyas In Surrey

South Asians Hold Rally For Rohingyas In Surrey

About 50 demonstrators showed up at a rally for Rohingya refugees at Surrey’s Holland Park on Saturday evening. The Surrey Center Liberal MP Randeep Singh Sarai was also in attendance. He was the only elected official to be present. Since the rally was held in his riding he came to speak in solidarity with the victims of ethnic cleansing in[Read More…]

September 25, 2017 Human Rights
Reflection On An Ignoble Nobel And The Rohingya Genocide

Reflection On An Ignoble Nobel And The Rohingya Genocide

  When the German transatlantic liner the St. Louis set off with 900 German Jews seeking refuge, it was 1939 and they were trying to escape what became one of the most despicable events in European history. Neither Canada nor the United States offered to help the people on this ship and it sailed on to Cuba. Seventy-eight years later, almost 400,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar since the last week of August. In an ethnic cleansing[Read More…]

September 23, 2017 Human Rights
Smith With Daughter

Any White Cop Can Kill A Black Man At Any Time

  And the cop will not go to jail.  This is what has sparked protests by thousands in St. Louis from September 15 through today. In 2011, St. Louis cop Jason Stockley fired 5-7 shots at Anthony Lamar Smith, killing him.  Stockley claimed that Smith was selling drugs and chased him at high speed and shot him to defend himself. [Read More…]

September 22, 2017 Human Rights
How Should The Work On The Asian Charter For Human Rights Be Carried Forward?

How Should The Work On The Asian Charter For Human Rights Be Carried Forward?

The following is a presentation made at a workshop organized by the Asian Human Rights Commission and the May 18th Foundation (14-16th September 2017) on the preparations for the 20th Anniversary of the Asian Human Rights Charter 1998. This paper addresses the direction the Asian human rights movement should take in order to contribute to the improved enjoyment of rights[Read More…]

September 22, 2017 Human Rights
The Rohingya: Abandoned, Persecuted, Lost – A Documentary

The Rohingya: Abandoned, Persecuted, Lost – A Documentary

A documentary on the plight of the Rohingyas For them, dignity – safety – well-being are pious words. For them, it’s a constant struggle – of their bare existence or, survival. The Rohingya has been a victim of denial and deprivation for ages, over occasions. The world requires to step up, to come forward, be part of the global ethics.[Read More…]

September 21, 2017 Human Rights, Video
Rahul Easwar's selfie with Dr Hadiya

The Virtual House Arrest Of Dr Hadiya

Text of letter to The Chairperson, Kerala State Women’s Commission: Sub: The virtual house arrest of Dr Hadiya at the residence of Sri Asokan. Dear Madam We, the undersigned, a group concerned about the protection of citizens’ rights in India, wish to bring to your notice what may be potentially a serious violation of such rights, in the case of[Read More…]

September 21, 2017 Human Rights
On the 9th Anniversary Of The Batla House ‘Encounter’, The Case So Far

On the 9th Anniversary Of The Batla House ‘Encounter’, The Case So Far

It will be nine years today since the Special Cell of Delhi Police claimed to have unravelled the conspiracy of the serial blasts that had struck the capital city the previous week, and the ‘encounter’ that resulted in the death of Inspector Sharma, a veteran of dozens of encounters and two young men, Atif Ameen and Sajid. NHRC and the[Read More…]

September 19, 2017 Human Rights
Open Doors For Rohingya Refugees

Open Doors For Rohingya Refugees

Indians Abroad for Plural India (IAPI) and South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy (SANSAD) condemn the Government of India’s endorsement of the Myanmar government’s treatment of the Rohingya minority that has been described by the UN as “ethnic cleansing” and the Hindu nationalist BJP government’s determination to expel the Rohigya refugees already in India as illegal immigrants.    Rohingyas[Read More…]

September 19, 2017 Human Rights
Asian Human Rights Defenders Call For An End To Genocide In Myanmar

Asian Human Rights Defenders Call For An End To Genocide In Myanmar

WORLD: (BURMA/MYANMAR) A statement calling to end the violence committed against the Rohingya community in Myanmar, and urging the Government of Myanmar to recognise the human rights of the Rohingya people Today, on 15 September 2017, a group of 58 Asian human rights defenders, including the Chairpersons of the National Human Rights Commissions of: Indonesia, Nepal, Timor Leste, and the[Read More…]

September 18, 2017 Human Rights
Rohingya Injured By Landmines As They Flee Violence

Rohingya Injured By Landmines As They Flee Violence

This week Just Asia begins with Burma, where many Rohingya are suffering horrific injuries and loss of limbs by landmines along the Burma-Bangladesh border in their attempt to flee the violence. After the militant Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Arsa) attacked several police posts on August 25, the Burmese government carried out a brutal counter-insurgency clampdown. The UN estimates some 300,000[Read More…]

September 15, 2017 Human Rights
Rohingya Muslims And Our Immediate Responsibilities

Rohingya Muslims And Our Immediate Responsibilities

  The decades old brutal crackdown by Myanmar army, police, nationalist monks and Buddhist fundamentalists on Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State in the country’s northwestern region has intensified in recent months,  is no doubt one the most unaccounted human tragedies of our era. The Rohingya Muslims comprising more than 1.1 million souls apart from another million scattered in different countries, have been living in Myanmar[Read More…]

September 13, 2017 Human Rights
The Genocide Of The Rohingya: Big Oil, Failed Democracy And False Prophets

The Genocide Of The Rohingya: Big Oil, Failed Democracy And False Prophets

  To a certain extent, Aung San Suu Kyi is a false prophet. Glorified by the west for many years, she was made a ‘democracy icon’ because she opposed the same forces in her country, Burma, at the time that the US-led western coalition isolated Rangoon for its alliance with China. Aung San Suu Kyi played her role as expected,[Read More…]

September 13, 2017 Human Rights
RSS Complicity In Rohingya Muslim Genocide

RSS Complicity In Rohingya Muslim Genocide

  A silent genocide of Myanmar (also known as Burma) Muslims is in progress. Such is the urgency shown by  Burmese Govt. to annihilate its Rohingya Muslims that it has even  used Gunship helicopters to fire  lethal & heavy   ammunition on fleeing Muslims. The international community is a mute spectator to the organized holocaust and 57 Muslim Countries, except with[Read More…]

September 11, 2017 Human Rights, South Asia
IAPL Condemns The Harassment Of Kashmiri Lawyers By The NIA 

IAPL Condemns The Harassment Of Kashmiri Lawyers By The NIA 

  Lawyers across Kashmir boycotted court work for four consecutive days from 4th to 7th September 2017 against the summoning of the President of High Court Bar Association (JKHCBA), Advocate Mian Qayoom by NIA (National Investigation Agency). The lawyers at Srinagar court complex as well as the High Court had also staged protests under the banner of JKHCBA. They were[Read More…]

September 11, 2017 Human Rights, Kashmir
Healing The Heart Of Darkness

Healing The Heart Of Darkness

Chhattisgarh state has been a battleground for two conflicting world-views and two models of development that are at loggerheads with each other. Successive governments, representing the interests of global and national capital have been pursuing a policy of emptying tribal villages to hand over the vast forest and mineral resources to private corporations. The mineral rich Dandakaranya forest spanning over[Read More…]

September 11, 2017 Human Rights
Open letter from Archibishop Desmond Tutu to Aung San Suu Kyi

Open letter from Archibishop Desmond Tutu to Aung San Suu Kyi

My dear Aung San Suu Kyi I am now elderly, decrepit and formally retired, but breaking my vow to remain silent on public affairs out of profound sadness about the plight of the Muslim minority in your country, the Rohingya. In my heart you are a dearly beloved younger sister. For years I had a photograph of you on my[Read More…]

September 9, 2017 Human Rights
Rohingya Exodus Continues As Satellite Images Reveal Burning Villages

Rohingya Exodus Continues As Satellite Images Reveal Burning Villages

This week Just Asia begins with Burma, where Rohingya refugees continue streaming to Bangladesh after violence erupted in Rakhine state just over a week ago. Although the Bangladesh government has a zero-tolerance refugee policy, it seems that security officials are ignoring government orders and allowing refugees to cross the border. Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch has released satellite imagery showing that[Read More…]

September 9, 2017 Human Rights
Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Prizes And The Rohingyas

Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Prizes And The Rohingyas

Scratch the skin of a saint, claimed George Orwell, and you are bound to find a sinner with an extensive resume.  Such resumes are evaluated in these modern times by accolades, awards, and summits.  The Noble Peace Prize tends to be crowning affirmation that somewhere along the line, you sufficiently fouled up to merit it. The calls, some even shrill,[Read More…]

September 9, 2017 Human Rights
Remedying Rohynga Genocide

Remedying Rohynga Genocide

George Orwell, the author of the ‘Burmese Days’ once said that, “Every saint is a sinner until proven innocent”. Aung San Su Kyi, a Nobel Peace Laureate who is currently presiding over one of the most horrendous genocides of our time of her country’s ethnic minority, the Rohyngas- has never been a saintnor is she likely to be one in[Read More…]

September 8, 2017 Human Rights
Over 100 Days In Jail

Over 100 Days In Jail

Thirumurugan Gandhi, an activist and chief co-ordinator of the May 17 Movement  and Daison, Ilamaran and Arun Kumar of Tamilarvidiyalkatchi are behind Bars in Tamil Nadu for over 100 days. Their crime was to light candle in memory  of the Eelam Tamils who were massacred in the 2009 civil war in Srilanka. Over 1,50,000 Eelam Tamils lost their lives in[Read More…]

September 8, 2017 Human Rights
The Rohingya Genocide And Inadequate Response From Bangladesh

The Rohingya Genocide And Inadequate Response From Bangladesh

  I believe “genocide” is the right word to describe the ongoing mass killing, rape, and expropriation of Rohingyas in Mayanmar. Polish Jewish lawyer Raphael Lemkin (1900-1959) first used the expression in 1943, to denote the mass killings, rapes, torture, extortions, and marginalization of Jews and others in Axis-occupied Europe in the 1930s and 1940s. As Lemkin has defined genocide,[Read More…]

September 5, 2017 Human Rights, World
Naturalizing Everyday Violence In Mizoram

Naturalizing Everyday Violence In Mizoram

Due to the presence of violence in everydayness, people in general are tormented, both mentally and psychologically, which have larger detrimental consequences in the state of Mizoram. Therefore, the state of Mizoram instead of exploiting the project of identity and nationalism, they must build an environment where humanity thrives and uphold the identity of ‘land of peace’.

September 3, 2017 Human Rights
Rohingyas: Jihadists?

Rohingyas: Jihadists?

  The Rohingyas — or at least some Rohingyas — are now being projected as terrorists, as “Jihadists” out to kill Myanmar soldiers and civilians. Myanmar leaders including Aung San SuuKyi have spoken along these lines. This view of the Rohingyas is being propagated by the Myanmar government with greater zeal since a small armed group called the ArakanRohingya Salvation[Read More…]

September 1, 2017 Human Rights
Khalsa Credit Union Donates $ 30,000 To Help Religious Minorities Being Persecuted In Afghanistan

Khalsa Credit Union Donates $ 30,000 To Help Religious Minorities Being Persecuted In Afghanistan

  On August 29, the Vancouver-based Khalsa Credit Union (KCU) donated a cheque worth $ 30,000 to a foundation that was established to help Hindus and Sikhs being persecuted by the Islamic extremists in Afghanistan. At a well attended community awards event of the KCU, Manmeet Singh Bhullar foundation received the money to immediately help the families of the minority[Read More…]

September 1, 2017 Human Rights